Volvo Buses has announced a few new electric bus contracts, for a total of 23 electric buses. The electric bus in demand is the Volvo 7900. It will be going to the Dutch public transportation company Arriva and to Sweden for another order.
Dutch public transport company Arriva operates throughout Europe and is a key player in alternative propulsion tech. It was among the first in Europe to order hybrid buses from Volvo Buses, according to the press release. Seven years later, it made an order for 23 new Volvo 7900 e-buses (this past June) — yes, not the quickest ramp up in adoption, but more than most. This order was followed by an order from Sweden. The Dutch ceremony coincided with the truck maker’s Volvo Ocean Race, which finished recently in the Hague, Netherlands.
Technically speaking, the newly updated Volvo 7900 electric bus has a 200 kWh battery pack and 125 miles of single-charge driving range. Deliveries are estimated between Q1 and Q3 in 2019.
Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses, said of the deal: “We are delighted to establish our first large-scale system of fully electric buses in the Netherlands in cooperation with Arriva, a pioneer in sustainable city transportation. The order is yet another example where also smaller cities are shifting to sustainable, electric bus systems as a means of solving the problems with air quality and noise in the city.”
Anne Hettinga, CEO of Arriva in the Netherlands, excitedly said that, “This is a big step in making public transport more sustainable in the province of Zuid-Holland. With shared sustainability ambitions, the province of Zuid-Holland, Arriva and (Volvo Trucks) are able to make the public transport of a complete city emission-free in one go.”