Volvo helps Inowrocław go green

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The order for 16 Volvos is equally split between fully electric and electric hybrid buses. VOLVO

POLAND Volvo Buses has received an order for eight fully electric and eight electric hybrid buses from Inowrocław in Poland. It is the first order from a Polish city for both models.

The manufacturer says Inowrocław has decided to update its bus fleet to become all electrified and Volvo hybrids are already in operation in the city which is situated in northern Poland. The latest vehicles will be manufactured at the Volvo factory in Wrocław, Poland and all are scheduled for delivery this year.

“We are very happy to supply the city of Inowrocław with more of our electrified buses and contribute to their transition to an all electrified bus fleet,” said Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses. “We can now see that more and more of the world’s cities are choosing electrified city bus traffic in order to deal with poor air quality and noise.”

The electrified buses are being sold as a ‘turnkey’ package whereby Volvo takes care of all vehicle and battery maintenance. The buses will have two charging options; fast-charging at the end stops via pantograph, and charging via CCS cable in the depot. The charging stations will be based on the common interface OppCharge, whereby the charging stations can also be used by electrified buses from other vehicle manufacturers too. Energy consumption for Volvo’s electric buses is about 80% lower than for corresponding diesel buses. The figure for the electric hybrid is about 60%.

Volvo has previously supplied its hybrid buses to Polish cities and Volvo 7900 hybrids operate in Wrocław, Sosnowiec, Inowrocław, Tarnowskie Góry and Warsaw. Last year, Volvo supplied 35 to Sosnowiec which now has the biggest fleet of this type in Poland.