Volvo bus to supply the first electric bus in Ireland

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The single-decker is expected to enter service towards the end of 2019

Volvo Bus has been awarded the contract to supply a 7900e single-deck, fully electric bus to the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Hotel.

Set to come into service later this year, the high powered charging solution is being delivered by ESB’s Smart Energy Service.

This will be the first of its kind to go into operation in Ireland.

The bus uses a high power CCS combo 2 150Kw PLUGIN CHARGIN. The bus is a single door 12m Generation 2 7900e with 200kW battery capacity which will be recharged at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The project undertaken by Volvo Bus, Crowne Plaza Hotel (Part of the Tifco Hotel Group), and ESB will see the bus deployed at the end of the year on a route which operates between the Crown Plaza, Holiday Inn Express and Terminals 1 and 2 at Dublin Airport.

Tom Colman, Group Procurement Manager for the Tifco Hotel Group, said: “As a group we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously.

The 7900e will be charged at Dublin Airport’s Crowne Plaza hotel
The 7900e will be charged at Dublin Airport’s Crowne Plaza hotel

We are fully committed to doing what we can to reduce air pollution and improve air quality and health for those who live, work and visit the areas in which we operate, now and also for the future.

Tackling climate change and carbon emissions are very much at the forefront of everything we do and choosing a zero emissions bus forms part of this ethos and approach.”

Nick Page, Managing Director for Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, said: “We’re really pleased that the 7900e has been chosen to provide services for these hotels in and around Dublin Airport and that it will be the first electric bus to enter operation anywhere in Ireland.”

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