Volvo’s self-charging buses upgraded

The new Volvo self-charging buses with hybrid power, the “S-Charge” model range, have been upgraded. The new capabilities mean they can now drive silently and emission-free on electricity at higher speeds and cover longer distances than before.

For the new Volvo S-Charge model range, electric propulsion can be used at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31.1mph) compared to the previous 20 km/h. Depending on climate and topography, the Volvo S-Charge can run on electricity for up to 1 km at a time. The upgrade also includes improved connectivity and Volvo’s system for geo-fencing, Volvo Zone Management. The latter makes it possible for the operator to program the bus so it automatically switches to electric propulsion within selected areas and has its speed regulated without driver intervention. It is also possible to define zones for sustained self-charging, to ensure emission-free operation in an upcoming zero-emission zone.

Volvo’s S-Charge model range includes a 12m configuration (7900 S-Charge), an articulated bus (7900 S-Charge Articulated) and as bare chassis, the Volvo B5L S-Charge, to be finalised as a single- or double-decker.

Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses, said: “We are now expanding our customers’ possibility for harnessing the benefits of electric power while at the same time retaining the impressive flexibility offered by hybrid buses. The new S-Charge model range can be deployed on any route since no charging infrastructure is needed, which enables fast implementation and improved operational efficiency for our customers.

“The new S-Charge models are among Volvo’s cleanest buses and will reduce the carbon footprint by up to 40% compared to equivalent diesel buses. The S-Charge can also drive on biofuel, reducing CO2-emissions even more. It is probably the most fuelefficient and reliable self-charging bus on the market.”

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