VOLVO’S FIRST SERIES PRODUCED ELECTRIC BUS AT KORTRIJK
Busworld Kortrijk marks the global unveiling of the Volvo 7900 Electric, Volvo Buses’ first mass-produced city bus powered exclusively by electricity. Quiet and emission free, the model is around 80 per cent more energy-efficient than a conventional diesel bus.
The bus’s batteries are charged through the energy generated during engine braking, as well as at bus stops via the power grid. A battery charge via the power grid takes less than 6 minutes, corresponding to around 10 km of driving. The Volvo 7900 is available in a 12 m design. The launch means Volvo Buses now boasts a comprehensive range of electrified buses. The Volvo 7900 Electric joins stablemates the Volvo 7900 Hybrid (also available as an articulated bus) and the Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid. In total, Volvo has sold in excess of 2,200 electrified buses since the introduction of its hybrid models in 2010. Volvo Buses can be found at stand 502.