Volvo ElectriCity recognised at European Solar Prize 2015

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SWEDEN The 55 route using Volvo ElectriCity buses in Gothenburg has been awarded the European Solar Prize 2015 for being the best example of sustainable public transport operated using renewable energy.

Lotta Brändström, Managing Director of Göteborg Energi use the Volvo ElectriCity buses, she said: “We need to make the transition in the transport sector if we are going to succeed in creating an environmentally sustainable society,” said Lotta.

“Having a sustainable public transport system is a key component in this. The ElectriCity project and the 55 electric bus route are an excellent example of cooperation among the commercial, academic and political worlds. It is extremely gratifying that this is being highlighted on a European stage.”

“It is important for the city of Gothenburg to contribute to sustainable development and to be involved in and produce services which improve and simplify the lives of our citizens,” said Elif Koman André, Sustainability Manager at Göteborgs Stadshus AB.

“The quiet, exhaust-free electric buses offer new opportunities and improved services for the city and our passengers, such as stops indoors and an on-board WiFi facility.

“The ElectriCity project gives Volvo the opportunity to try out new technology in practice and Gothenburg the chance to be involved in and devise future solutions for the benefit of society.”

The European Solar Prize 2015 is awarded by the European Association for Renewable Energy, EUROSOLAR, to projects which aim, in an exemplary way, to raise public awareness about one of the most important challenges of our time: energy transition to a sustainable society.