Volvo To Present Production Pure Electric Bus In October

SEP 17 2015 BY MARK KANE 11

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.”

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There isn’t much data out there (was hoping to learn more about the batteries), but the 2 videos below are interesting (nothing shocking, pun intended)


Volvo has always ahead of the market.

Why I consider the best.

I’m sure that will succeed in this electric bus.

I wouldn’t say Volvo is ‘ahead’ of the market. Have you not seen what Proterra have been up to?

I don’t think short range buses are very useful. I like the BYD buses better.

It seems to me like the infrastructure costs (especially when its governments paying for them) will be much higher than just putting more batteries in the busses. Better to have a few hundred miles of range and charge at night at a depot then to have to install a ton of chargers at every bus stop.

What buses are you riding, with “every stop” miles apart? Your exact words, Jonathan.

Many operators interline. Doesn’t take a lot to span over six miles. Heck, a lot of cities aren’t six miles.

All major cities are far more than six miles and have buses routes much longer than that.
And it’s mainly where electric buses can make a difference.
Beside lane buses are already constrained in many cities, so having to implement fast charging every 6 miles of all the route that needed is not viable.
Not that fast charging ain’t desirable, but at least do a full run before having to stop.
6 miles, 6 minutes chargin,6 miles, 6 minutes chargin,6 miles, 6 minutes chargin.
Are you serious?

That’s a fair point. Plus the electric buses will be primarily used in places like congestion zones – think the heart of london – where not only are average speeds extremely low – but it’s the optimal place to offset pollutants. They’d basically put these buses on short routes anyway.

The point is to recharge for 30s on every second stop… and this is completly viable.

Wake me up when Volvo announces that it ends manufacturing ICE trucks and busses. Just few times ago Volvo announced to invest 20 billion on the research & development of DIESEL engines for trucks and busses.

That announcement and 20 billion(?) is crucial!!! Can you pls clarify time and source?

Volvo made itself known for stopping production of Diesel enigine buses. and indeed does not deliver them in Europe.

Even announced this year to go pure electric in the bus division.

Is your info overwrite all this green championship?