VOLVO’S ELECTRIC BUSES TO SERVE AS MOBILE LIBRARIES
Gothenburg City Library is investing in modern mobile libraries and made the choice for electric buses from Volvo. Gothenburg City Library currently has two mobile libraries operating in and around the city, visiting about 70 mobile library stops and 110 preschools. The two electric Volvo buses are scheduled to replace the existing mobile libraries in July 2020.
The City Library believes the new mobile libraries will appeal to children and families, with the focus on experience and reading. This will clearly be visible in the interior furnishings, which apart from bookshelves will accommodate meeting-places for children and adults alike. “We’re looking forward to once again having mobile libraries in summer 2020, allowing us to visit all children including those who live or attend preschool in the Gothenburg inner-city green zone,” says Anette Eliasson, sector manager in the Gothenburg Municipality Cultural Department.
Finnish company Kiitikori OY has been given the task of furnishing the bus interiors. The Volvo 7900 Electric buses will be delivered as a complete turnkey solution, with Volvo handling all maintenance of the vehicles and their battery packs at a fixed monthly cost. Overnight parking, charging and maintenance will take place in the new Volvo Trucks centre in Mölndal. This concept allows Gothenburg City Library to have the vehicles in operation for far more hours than today’s buses.
The new Volvo's have a 250 kWh battery capacity, and are charged using a CCS cable. Volvo’s electric buses have about 80% lower energy consumption than a corresponding Euro 6 diesel bus. The order is the result of a cooperation between Kiitikori OY, Volvo Truck Center Mölndal and Volvo Buses. The vehicles’ lifetime is estimated at 12 years.