Volvo Upgrades its 7900 Series Electric Bus

 

Volvo has been leading the charge when it comes to the electrification of mass transit. Volvo has been pioneering the use of wireless, in-road charging and, earlier this year, the company put nearly five hundred hybrid-electric buses onto the streets of Quebec. Now, the company is continuing its EV trend by announcing a new, upgraded version of its all-electric 7900 series bus.

This newest version of Volvo’s 7900 EV offers 125 miles of driving on a full charge. That’s a full shift of driving- which can be extended even further if Volvo’s existing wireless charging pads are installed at roadways and stops. That kind of “total solution” is a key part of what Volvo is offering modern cities.

“This is a very important reinforcement of our electro-mobility product range, giving our customers maximum flexibility in their daily operations. During peak hours the buses can operate continuously without stopping to recharge. Instead, the batteries can be charged once traffic is at off-peak levels. On shorter routes, they can even run throughout the day and be charged at night,” said Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.

You can check out the official press release from Volvo, below, then let us know what you think of an electric future getting bused into reality in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

NEW VOLVO 7900 ELECTRIC OFFERS GREATER RANGE AND FLEXIBILITY


Volvo Buses is now launching a new version of its all-electric bus, the Volvo 7900 Electric. With significantly extended range and more charging options, the new Volvo 7900 Electric offers bus operators even greater flexibility.

Battery capacity, in particular, has been significantly extended compared with before. The new Volvo 7900 Electric is available with a choice of 150, 200 and 250 kWh. This means that the bus can run far longer between charges, allowing it to be utilised more efficiently throughout the day.

“This is a very important reinforcement of our electromobility product range, giving our customers maximum flexibility in their daily operations. During peak hours the buses can operate continuously without stopping to recharge. Instead, the batteries can be charged once traffic is at off-peak levels. On shorter routes, they can even run throughout the day and be charged at night,” said Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.

“As the demand for electric buses has grown very rapidly both in Europe and the rest of the world, it feels really good that we can offer cities an electric-bus system that provides better preconditions than ever to switch to sustainable, quiet and emission-free public transport.”

Volvo Buses has also expanded the range of options regarding the way the batteries are charged. Just like before the batteries in the new Volvo 7900 Electric can be fast-charged at the route’s end stops, via the open and competition-neutral OppCharge interface. However, they can now also be charged via cable, CCS, which is the European standard for charging of electric vehicles from the mains grid.

“Operators can choose the charge interface that best suits each particular occasion. For instance, CCS is suitable for high-power charging when the bus is parked in the depot,” said Johnny Lidman, Product Manager City Buses Europe at Volvo Buses.

The new Volvo 7900 Electric is being launched on the market and has its premiere showing at the Busworld international bus fair in Kortrijk, Belgium, on 20 to 25 October. The first models of Volvo’s new generation of electric buses are expected to become operational at the end of 2018.

The electric buses are sold in the form of a complete, turnkey solution, with Volvo taking care of all maintenance of both vehicles and batteries at a fixed monthly cost.

 

New Volvo 7900 Electric Bus


  • All-electric propulsion, two-axle 12-metre city bus with low floor and three doors.

  • Quiet and emission-free operation.

  • 80 % lower energy consumption than corresponding diesel bus.

  • Battery capacity 150, 200 or 250 kWh.

  • Can be charged via OppCharge or CCS (250 kWh charge only via CCS)

  • Operating range up to 200 km (125 mi) depending on topography and driving conditions.

  • Volvo’s advanced steering system Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) and the safety-enhancing Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection Warning are available as options.

 

Source | Images: Volvo.





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  • WebUserAtLarge

    Does anyone have a life-time cost comparison of a similarly sized/purposed all-electric vs Diesel vs LNG bus?