Volvo Launches Articulated BEV Bus

Volvo Buses has added a BEV to its range of electrified articulated urban bus range.

The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated joins the automaker’s hybrid buses designed to meet the needs of urban public transport. It announced the bus will be introduced in autumn at UITP Global Transport Summit, the worldwide public transport fair held this year in Stockholm. The new articulated bus, that can accommodate up to 150 passengers, is based on the prototypes that since June 2018 have been running in test operations on the high-frequency route 16 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The two concept buses have so far run for 4,500 hours and covered nearly 40,000 miles.

The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated in commercial configuration will be available in a choice of two lengths, 59-feet and 61-feet. Batteries will be charged both via fast-charge stations at either end of the route and overnight at the depot using CCS.

Håkan Agnevall, president Volvo Buses, said: “The transition to sustainable public transport is taking place in cities all over the world. With silent, zero emission electric buses equipped with advanced safety systems, we can assist cities in solving the problems with emissions, noise, congestion and traffic accidents to become what we call Zero Cities. In this context our new high capacity electric articulated bus a very important tool.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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