Volvo Electric Concept Bus

Volvo Electric Concept Bus

Volvo announced its "first series produced electric bus" will be unveiled at Busworld in Kortrijk, Belgium in October.

It will be a 12 m (39 ft) long Volvo 7900 Electric, which will join the conventional 7900 hybrid and 7900 plug-in hybrid Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid.

The most important part of this announcement is Volvo's intention to begin series production of all-electric buses. Earlier this year, Volvo launched a trial with a shorter concept battery-electric buses in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Volvo states just 10 km (over 6 miles) of range, but there is 6-minute recharge capability - in which the bus along its route would receive multiple charges one imagines.

"Volvo’s first series produced electric bus

Busworld Kortrijk also marks the global unveiling of the Volvo 7900 Electric, Volvo Buses’ first mass-produced city bus powered exclusively by electricity. Quiet and emission free, the model is around 80 per cent more energy-efficient than a conventional diesel bus. The bus’ batteries are charged through the energy generated during engine braking, as well as at bus stops via the power grid.

A battery charge via the power grid takes maximum 6 minutes, corresponding to around 10 km of driving. The Volvo 7900 is available in a 12 m design. The launch means Volvo Buses now boasts a comprehensive range of electrified buses. The Volvo 7900 Electric joins stablemates the Volvo 7900 Hybrid (also available as an articulated bus) and the Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid. In total, Volvo has sold in excess of 2,200 electrified buses since the introduction of its hybrid models in 2010."