Volvo And Siemens Sign Global Agreement On Electrified Bus Systems

FEB 16 2015 BY MARK KANE 4

The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus

The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus

Volvo Buses announced a global agreement regarding supply of complete electrified bus systems to cities along with partner Siemens.

The new Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus and future all-electric buses need fast charging stations (up to 300 kW) along the route and it seems that wherever those buses will appear, Siemens will set-up the chargers.

The first three Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses with four fast chargers are already in operation in Hamburg. More to come this year.

“Under the agreement, Volvo Buses will supply electric-hybrid buses and full-electric buses to customers, and Siemens will supply and install high-power charging stations (charging capacity of up to 300 kW) for the electric vehicles.

The two companies have been working together since 2012 within the field of electromobility, and have now strengthened the cooperation further. One objective is to develop a standard for charging infrastructure in order to facilitate for cities to transfer to electrified bus systems.”

“Volvo Buses and Siemens have already delivered a complete city mobility solution consisting of three Volvo electric hybrid buses and four charging stations to the city of Hamburg, where the buses operate on the city’s new Innovation route. During 2015, electric buses, electric hybrids and charging infrastructure will be delivered to the Swedish cities of Gothenburg and Stockholm. The charging infrastructure supplied by Siemens includes the charging station, auxiliary equipment, cabling, civil works, installation, commissioning and maintenance.

The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus enables the reduction of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide by up to 75%, total energy consumption is reduced by 60%, compared with diesel buses Euro 6*. The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid runs in electric mode on average 70% of the route, silent and emission-free. Charging at end stations takes up to 6 minutes.

Volvo Buses is a leader in electromobility and launched its first diesel hybrid bus in 2009. The company has delivered more than 5,000 electric buses and electric hybrids to 21 countries. The first electric buses under the Volvo brand will enter traffic within the ElectriCity project in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2015.

*Numbers are the average yearly savings in an example route with a length of 9.6 km between terminal charging opportunities. For the carbon dioxide contribution of the electricity the same principle as for European cars declaration is applied and fossil free electricity is used. If biofuel is used the carbon dioxide saving is higher.”

Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Bus Corporation stated:

“We are very pleased to partner with one of the world’s largest technology companies, which shares our vision of electromobility. The agreement enables us to seize new business opportunities and support the cities in the shift to sustainable and cost-efficient public transportation systems.”

Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Mobility commented:

“Electrified buses are an essential part of sustainable urban public transportation. Siemens and Volvo bring in both technology and experience to shape this trend.”

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4 Comments on "Volvo And Siemens Sign Global Agreement On Electrified Bus Systems"

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Boxy but good.

Seems to me Siemens chose a very costly method of providing motive power, and put pretty pink lights outlining it, whereas BYD is grabbing most of this market since there’s no infrastructure changes needed except back at the bus terminal..

With Gov’t backing, of course the most inefficient system can be forced to work, and, since the thing falls back on the bus’s own Diesel Power, it can be very reliable.

I just don’t think cash strapped gov’ts are going to automatically pick the more expensive solution.

Even this is greatly reduced scale from what was talked about years ago, namely, one of these ‘300 kw’ chargers at every bus stop. Now they are just talking about 2 total, at the endpoints of the excursion.

This is encouraging.

Oil companies need to buy up electricity providers or the oil companies will have a slow death.