Volvo 7900 Electric Joins 7900 Plug-In Hybrid Bus

NOV 8 2015 BY MARK KANE 4

Volvo 7900 Electric Charging at bus stop

Volvo 7900 Electric Charging at bus stop

Volvo unveiled last month at Busworld in Kortrijk, Belgium its new all-electric bus 7900 Electric. Unlike the earlier concept, this one is production-ready, and sales will begin next year.

If you remember the 7900 Plug-In Hybrid Bus, this one is similar, just engineless.

With range suited for routes 10-20 km (12+ miles) long and with charging times of 3-6 minutes, the bus could virtually drive 24 hours straight with short recharging stops during the runs.

Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses said:

“Today we’re passing yet another important milestone in our drive for future sustainable transport and a cleaner, quieter urban environment. We can now offer a complete product range enabling the creation of electrified bus systems. Solutions that make it possible for all cities everywhere to step into the future.”

About the bus:

Quiet and exhaust-free 12-metre bus
The Volvo 7900 Electric runs quietly and without exhaust emissions, and is about 80 per cent more energy-efficient than a conventional diesel bus. Its lithium-ion batteries are charged both by the energy generated whenever the vehicle brakes, and also via the mains electricity network at the route’s end stops. Each charge via the mains takes three to six minutes*. Each minute of charging allows for 5-10 minutes of driving. The bus is designed for bus routes of 10-20 km.

Opportunity charging at end stops creates an electric bus infrastructure whose route length is unaffected by battery size. The two-axle, 12-metre long bus has an aluminium body, three doors, a low floor and a bright and airy interior.

Vehicles, servicing and recharging infrastructure
The Volvo 7900 Electric will primarily be marketed as a complete, turnkey solution that encompasses financing, vehicle servicing and battery maintenance. The recharging infrastructure will also be included in the package through Volvo’s cooperation with Siemens and ABB. Together with local partners, Volvo Buses can provide workshop services. Speed setting and other Zone Management features, depots services and traffic management is offered optionally.

Comprehensive range of electrified buses
With the launch of the Volvo 7900 Electric, Volvo Buses now offers a comprehensive range of electrified buses. In addition to the latest model this range includes the Volvo 7900 Hybrid (which is also available as an articulated bus) and the Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid. All told Volvo has sold more than 2200 electrified buses since the company’s first hybrids were introduced in 2010.

The three electric concept buses from Volvo that are in regular operation in Gothenburg are part of ElectriCity, a joint venture in which industry, society and the research fraternity work together to develop tomorrow’s sustainable public transport.

Facts Volvo 7900 Electric

  • New, all-electric two-axle 12-metre long city bus with low floor and three doors.
  • 80 % lower energy consumption than a corresponding diesel bus.
  • Quiet, emission-free operation.
  • Equipped with an electric motor and lithium ion batteries.
  • The batteries can be charged at the end stops, which takes three to six minutes.
  • The opportunity charging concept means that route length is unaffected by battery size.
  • Body manufactured in accordance with Volvo’s patented aluminium concept.
  • Bright and airy interior.
  • 85 passengers.
  • Volvo’s ergonomic driver’s environment with individual adjustment of the instrument panel and steering wheel.
  • Volvo disc brakes, Electronic Braking System (EBS), brake integration, hill start aid and more.

*Recharging time depends on topography, load and climate conditions.”

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4 Comments on "Volvo 7900 Electric Joins 7900 Plug-In Hybrid Bus"

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Battery Buses are presently the answer to replace diesel, gasoline and CNG buses on short routes. As battery tech advances, the range limitations of EVs will be overcome and these buses will be able to operate on much longer routes without losing time for charging.

And that would contribute a lot more to clean the atmosphere and the sanity of city and suburb than single individual cars.

10-20km really? That is all? That is not even enough for city driving in munic, berlin, hamburg or frankfurt where the tipicall bus route will be more like 50km and maybe you can not charge at the end destination because you are already late once in a while…

Sad, make the battery at least double the size.

Thankfully BYD are there to push the traditional manufacturers.