Volvo tests first electric bus in Mexico

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Volvo’s electric bus will be on trial for six months. VOLVO

Volvo Buses’ electromobility solutions have now reached Latin America with the testing of a 12-metre Volvo 7900 electric bus on one route of the Mexico City Metrobús system. The bus, which has a battery capacity of 330kW, will be on trial for six months.

“Electromobility is not just for the future – it is already here today. Demands and ambitions to reduce or minimise emissions and noise are driving this development swiftly forward. We are now happy that Mexico City is joining many other cities across the world to test and then hopefully later move to electrified public transport,” said Anna Westerberg, President of Volvo Buses.

Rafael Kisel, Managing Director at Volvo Buses in Mexico, added: “The electric solution will also create opportunities for urban development, as it is possible to bring quiet electric buses with no emissions closer to citizens, and even indoors.”

Volvo Buses has had a presence in Mexico for more than 20 years, and says that the configuration of the bus being tested on the Metrobús route is a result of the extensive experience that it has gained from introducing electric buses elsewhere.

“We have established a proven work methodology, involving a holistic system perspective and partnership cooperation when implementing urban public electromobility transport solutions. Our methodology doesn’t just cover the vehicle itself – we address the entire system including charging infrastructure, batteries, optimisation, various services and connectivity, maintenance and training,” said Anna.