Volvo Launches Electric Hybrid Bus
Volvo has unveiled its 7900 Electric Hybrid bus after a successful field test in Gothenburg over the past year.
Volvo has already signed contracts with several European cities for supplies of the plug-in buses, which reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide by up to 75%, compared to a conventional diesel bus. Total energy consumption is reduced by 60%.
Noise is a growing problem in many cities and the noise level near to an Electric Hybrid is 65 decibels, i.e. normal conversation level. The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid runs in electric mode in average 70% of the route, silent and emission-free.
The Volvo 7900 (pictured) can run as an electric bus in selected areas, but performs as a hybrid on any route. Charging at end stations takes six minutes.
A number of European cities are showing a keen interest in the Electric Hybrids. Hamburg, Luxembourg and Stockholm have already signed up for supplies of the buses in 2014 and 2015. Serial production is scheduled to commence early 2016. (August 2014)