Volvo Buses has launched the new 7900 Electric Bus which can offer up to 200 km of operating range. The two-axle 12-metre city bus is available with a choice of 150, 200 and 250 kWh battery packs.
“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.
The company has also expanded the range of options regarding the way the batteries are charged. The new 7900 Electric can be fast-charged at the route’s end stops, via the open and competition-neutral OppCharge interface. However, they can 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 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.
The bus produces 160 kW (215 hp) and 400 Nm of torque.
Volvo claims that the new 7900 has 80% lower energy consumption than a corresponding diesel bus.
Volvo’s advanced steering system Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) and the safety-enhancing Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection Warning are available as options.