VOLVO ELECTRIC BUSES GOING NORTH OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
The city of Bodö in the very north of Norway has placed an order for 31 electric Volvo buses, charging infrastructure and servicing. When the buses become operational in July 2021 they will be the northernmost electric buses in the world, and the first electric buses to enter operation north of the Arctic Circle.
“This is the largest sustainability project for road transport in northern Norway, and it is of immense significance for both the region and for us,” says Anders Mjaaland, Administrative Director of Saltens Group, owner of Nordlandsbuss which handles operation of the electric buses. The transition to quiet and exhaust emission-free electric buses stipulate the goal that all city buses in Norway shall be able to run emission free by 2025. The agreement came after a particularly thorough analysis of Bodö’s unusual preconditions for electrified bus operation. “Our initial analysis, including route simulation, plays a crucial role in our business model. Topography, route frequency and proximity to the depot and workshop are other important considerations in our offer,” explains Svenn-Åge Lökken, Sales Director at Volvo Buses in Norway. Of the 31 electric buses 17 are of the 12-metre Volvo 7900 Electric model and the remaining 14 are high-capacity Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated buses. These can carry up to 120 passengers. The charging infrastructure will be delivered by ABB.