ELECTRIC BUSES CAN SAVE MILLIONS OF KRONeR FOR SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
A city with half a million inhabitants would save about 100 million Swedish Kroner per year if the city’s buses ran on electricity instead of diesel. This is the finding from extensive analysis conducted in collaboration between the Volvo Group and the audit and advisory firm KPMG. The analysis has taken into consideration such factors as noise, travel time, emissions, energy use, taxes and the use of natural resources.
The analysis was based on a city with about half a million inhabitants and 400 buses. If the buses were run on electricity instead of diesel, the total annualized societal saving would be about 100 million Swedish Kroner. Among other areas, the savings stem from reduced noise and air pollution, which is estimated to lead to decreased care costs of up to 24 million Kroner. The annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions would total 33,000 tons, corresponding to about 3,000 Swedish households.
In June 2015, an entirely new electric bus line was opened in Gothenburg with the aim of developing and testing new solutions for sustainable public transport. The line is the result of a partnership between the Volvo Group and several partners from industry, research and society.