13 Mar 2019


In June 2018 Arriva and Volvo signed a contract for the delivery of 23 fully electric Volvo 7900 buses for operation in the city of Leiden in the Netherlands. Five of them have now started regular operation in this turnkey project together with ABB.

The contract between Volvo and Arriva involved a complete turnkey solution, with electric buses and ABB charging stations and are now in operation on the first routes. By August this year, Leiden will have a completely electrified city bus system. Within this turnkey package Volvo takes care of all vehicle maintenance at a fixed monthly cost. The buses will be fast-charged using four charging stations. The charging stations will be based upon an open interface – OppCharge – and can be used by other electrified bus brands too.

As one of the first public transport providers in the country Arriva in the Netherlands started using electric buses in 2010. According to Martijn van de Weijer, regional director West of Arriva Netherlands, Arriva wants to play a pioneering role in the field of sustainability and energy transition. The multinational public transport company has operations in 14 countries across Europe, and says it is one of the leaders in the introduction of alternative propulsion technologies. “We are delighted to have established our first electric bus system in the Netherlands in cooperation with Arriva”, said Bas Dubois, Director Volvo Buses Benelux. Volvo and ABB are partners in several electric bus operation like in Luxembourg. This partnership in the Netherlands is the first in combination with Arriva as transport company.

For Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for EV Charging Infrastructure, this project marks a significant step in a long-term partnership between ABB and Volvo, in co-developing electric bus solutions and open standards for the future of urban mobility. All together Volvo has sold more than 4000 electrified Volvo buses over the world. (Foto: Harry Laming)

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