SWEDEN IS GETTING SERIOUS WITH ELECTRIC PUBLIC TRANSPORT
With an order of 30 electric Volvo's 7900 Sweden is getting serious about electrifying public transport. It is the largest order for electric buses in Sweden. The order for these 30 all-electric Volvo buses is from GS Buss - a subsidiary of Göteborgs Spårvägar - and Public Transport Authority Västtrafik. It is also Volvo Buses’ biggest order to date.
The buses will run on route 60 in Gothenburg from next autumn and later also on routes 59 and 62. They will have 200 kWh battery capacity and will be charged at the route’s end stops and in the depot. GS Buss will be responsible for the charging infrastructure. The buses will be delivered in the third quarter of 2019.
Bus route 60 is one of Västtrafik’s most heavily trafficked routes in Gothenburg. In 2017 there were more than 6.2 million journeys on this route and additional 0.7 million journeys on route 59 and 62. Volvo will provide all maintenance for both the vehicles and their batteries at a fixed monthly cost.
Västtrafik is the public transport provider in the Västra Götaland region and has high sustainability targets, such as that carbon dioxide emissions are to be cut by 80% by 2020. A second target is that by 2025 95% of all transport shall take place with renewable energy.
This 30-piece order is the third large electric order for Volvo Buses within a few weeks. Recently it announced the sale of 23 electric buses to Leiden in the Netherlands and another 17 to Oslo (Norway). More than 60 Volvo hybrid buses are already operating in Gothenburg. Since 2015, route 55 has been operated by Volvo all-electric buses and electric hybrids as part of the ElectriCity framework. As of June 25 two all-electric Volvo high-capacity buses have also been operating on part of route 16.