Volvo Buses has received an order for sixty high-capacity electrified buses which will enter service in the Swedish city of Malmö in 2021. The order was made by Nobina, the largest bus transport group in the Nordic region.
The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated model, which was launched in autumn 2019, can carry up to 150 passengers and are 80 per cent more energy-efficient than corresponding diesel models.
Their batteries can be quick-charged via stations located on the bus route, or they can be charged when the buses are parked in the depot.
Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses, says: “In a short space of time we have taken orders for 220 electric buses from two of Sweden’s largest cities. This shows that electric buses are already a viable solution for cities that want public transport with long-term sustainability – buses that make concrete improvements to the environment. What is more, electromobility creates entirely new opportunities for urban planning and improves flexibility for cities that want to bring public transport closer to where people actually live and work.”
Henrik Dagnäs, MD at Nobina Sweden, adds: “We are seeing a rapid change of public transport where the electric buses and technology are meeting the needs of society and passengers for efficient, comfortable and sustainable public transport. Volvo’s electric articulated buses and high battery capacity meet our needs and high demands for modern and sustainable bus traffic in Malmö”
Delivery of the 60 electric buses will start in January 2021.