Volvo launches all-electric articulated bus

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The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated will be available in a choice of two lengths — 59 and 61 feet.

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The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated will be available in a choice of two lengths — 59 and 61 feet. Volvo

Volvo Buses is extending its range of electrified buses with an all-electric articulated bus for quiet and emission-free high-capacity operations — the Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated. The company now has a comprehensive range of electrified vehicles featuring hybrid buses, electric hybrid buses and all-electric buses for the varying needs of a wide range of cities.

At the UITP Global Transport Summit, held this year in Stockholm from 9-12 June, Volvo Buses announced the introduction this autumn of an all-electric articulated bus with space for up to 150 passengers. The new articulated bus is based on the prototypes that since June 2018 have been running in test operations on a high-frequency route in Gothenburg, Sweden. The two concept buses have thus far run for 4,500 hours and covered more than 38,000 miles, with excellent uptime, according to the company.

The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated in commercial configuration will be available in a choice of two lengths — 59 and 61 feet — and it is designed to meet high demands on capacity, comfort and traffic information, while at the same time offering efficient passenger flow. The bus is 80% more energy-efficient than a corresponding diesel bus, the company stated.

The batteries will be charged both via fast-charge stations at either end of the route, and via overnight charging at the depot using CCS. The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated will be unveiled to the public at the Busworld exhibition in Brussels in October.