The first Volvo electric buses (3) just started operating in Gothenburg, Sweden this summer, driving on route 55 (see the Volvo electric bus in action below). Now, in the spirit of Christmas, besides an emission free ride, Gothenburg’s citizens also get a mobile Christmas show.
"The electric bus itself is providing the entertainment in the form of a light show accompanied by traditional Christmas music while travelling through central Gothenburg."
The route normally only runs on weekdays (which passes along Avenyn and Östra Hamngatan).
“One way you can look at the Christmas bus is like a mobile Christmas card which we are using to send Christmas greetings to Gothenburg’s citizens, while also spotlighting a successful venture where innovation and sustainability combine to create an attractive means of public transport,” - Lars Backström, managing director of Västtrafik.
On the buses themselves (of which there are three pure electric and seven plug-in hybrids on the route), they run on electricity from wind power and hydropower exclusively and can seat 86 passengers. The buses recharge quickly with the renewable electricity at the terminal stops.
Volvo Electric Bus In Sweden (without festive garb)
No word on how range is effected by the used of the lights (or range at all as it a test program for Volvo's latest plug-in bus due to arrive commercially in 2017). But whatever the amount, it is probably worth it to spread some Christmas cheer...and get more people checking out what electric technology can offer.
How quiet is the bus? Check out Seinabo Sey's Silent Bus Sessions A cappella – Younger on Route 55: