Europe’s largest order for electric buses made in Gothenburg
Public transport operator Transdev has ordered over 150 new electric articulated buses from the Volvo Group. The new buses will start operating in Gothenburg, the bus maker’s home city, late next year.
“It is immensely gratifying that we have secured Europe’s largest ever single order for electric buses – no less than 157 buses. Volvo is a pioneer in electromobility and sustainable public transport. We have a holistic system perspective for cities that encompasses vehicles, services and charging infrastructure,” said Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.
Transdev recently won a contract from Västtrafik - the county’s public transport agency - to operate buses in Gothenburg from December 2020.
“Transdev is today Europe’s leading operator of electric buses and we know what challenges there are with the transition to electric propulsion. We’ve therefore been extremely thorough in choosing a partner with a holistic approach, a partner that will be able to deliver both buses and charging infrastructure on time and with excellent uptime,” said Gunnar Schön, CEO of Transdev Sweden.
Gothenburg LEADING THE SHIFT to electric
All of the buses will be of the recently launched 7900 Volvo Electric Articulated model. According to Volvo, the new model can carry 150 passengers and has an energy consumption that is 80 per cent lower than that of a corresponding diesel bus.
The new buses will be charged at quick-charge stations along the route. According to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, 19 new charging stations will be built by Volvo, in collaboration with ABB and the City of Gothenburg.
In addition to the electric buses, Transdev has also ordered 27 Euro VI buses for regional operations, running on biodiesel.
Västtrafik has previously said that it expects to use only electric buses for its city services by 2030 at the latest. In 2019 it has introduced 60 electric buses into service.
“The transition to a fully electric urban service is vital if we are going to meet the ambitious environmental goals we have. At the same time, we reduce noise and emissions which will improve people’s well-being and we can build denser, more attractive cities,” said Lars Backström, CEO at Västtrafik, when the deal with Transdev was announced in July.