ELECTRIC HYBRIDS FROM VOLVO TO GÖTTINGEN
Volvo Buses has received an order for three electric hybrid buses from the German university city of Göttingen in Lower Saxony. The new buses are of the Volvo Electric Hybrid type, they will become operational in the spring of 2018. The vehicles will become part of the fleet of Göttinger Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH (GÖVB).
The Volvo Electric Hybrid permits around seven kilometres of quiet, entirely emission-free operation between charges, corresponding to about 70 per cent of the distance of an average European route (about 90 per cent of all city bus routes in Europa have a length of max. 10 kilometers). Recharging of the bus batteries takes three to four minutes at the two line 41 and 42 routes’ shared end station in the Gustav-Bielefeld-Strasse. In addition, the batteries are trickle-charged every night in the GÖVB bus depot. The electric hybrid buses are also fitted with a small diesel engine, which offers extended range in line operation and also offers greater flexibility.
In addition to the three Volvo Electric Hybrid buses, the order includes Volvo’s system for battery monitoring. The charging station will be supplied by ABB. The charging equipment is based on the OppCharge open interface.