Volvo electrics win support from Norwegian ski resort town customer after two cities in the country place orders
NORWAY Volvo Buses has received an order for two Volvo 7900 Electric buses from Opplandstrafikk in Lillehammer.
This is the premiere for electric bus operations in the ski resort town and the vehicles will be tested for two years on routes 2, 3, 4 and 5.
They will be delivered during the second quarter of 2019 and their operation will be conducted by Unibuss.
After an initial test period, the plan is the buses will enter regular service.
The Volvo order is part of Oppland municipality’s aim to become climate-neutral by 2025.
The vehicles are being sold as a complete turnkey solution with Volvo providing all maintenance for the vehicles as well as their batteries, at a fixed monthly cost.
The buses will be charged in the depot via a 150kW CCS (Combined Charging System) charger supplied by ABB. Energy consumption for Volvo’s electric buses is about 80% lower than for corresponding diesel models.
Besides Lillehammer, the Norwegian cities of Drammen and Trondheim have also bought Volvo’s fully electric bus.
The order for 25 7900 Electrics from the latter in the autumn of 2017 is the biggest order for Volvo’s electric buses to date.
Volvo’s electric buses have also been sold to cities in countries such as Sweden, Britain, Luxemburg and Poland.
In addition to the all-electric Volvo 7900 Electric, the Volvo Buses range of electrified vehicles includes hybrid buses and electric hybrid (plug-in hybrid) models.
All told, the company has sold more than 4,000 electrified Volvo buses around the world.