The arrival of the first right hand drive (RHD) 7900e full electric single deck bus highlights the further development of Volvo’s Electromobility range, providing increased choice for customers.
Showcased to customers and stakeholders from both the public and private sector at the Volvo Bus ‘Electric Avenue’ experience days held at Donington Park, the 7900e full electric bus joins the already well-established Volvo B5LH hybrid which was introduced in 2009 and is now the market leader in the UK, and the Volvo B5LHC electric hybrid which operates in both electric and diesel mode and can be recharged on route using OppCharge.
The Electromobility vehicles are part of Volvo’s global strategy to provide cleaner, quieter and more energy efficient public transport in towns and cities throughout the world.
Nick Page, Managing Director of Volvo Bus, said: “Our Volvo 7900e and accompanying technologies have already gathered significant momentum in Europe, having been operated successfully in Sweden, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. We can now bring our full electric and emission free bus to towns and cities across the UK & Ireland.
“Our vision for the immediate future is for towns and cities to have the option to provide a blend of vehicles – hybrids, electric hybrids and full electric, which together will help create the city environments of the future. Used in conjunction with each other, these vehicles will deliver a customer focused solution for operators, while creating a new approach to passenger transport.”
First introduced in mainland Europe in 2015, the Volvo 7900e provides up to 80% lower energy consumption than an equivalent sized diesel bus. It is a two-axle bus with electric motor and batteries and offers zero tailpipe operation. Recharging takes between three – six minutes via OppCharge ‘opportunity charging’ pantographs, installed throughout the city or at the depot giving flexibility and the possibility of 24-hour continuous operation.
Volvo’s Electric Hybrids come as single deck (7900EH) or double deck (B5LHC), with electric motor, batteries and a five litre diesel engine. Recharging is common with the 7900e and also takes between three – six minutes via OppCharge ‘opportunity charging’ pantographs, installed throughout the city or at the depot, again giving flexibility and the possibility of 24-hour continuous operation.
The Volvo Hybrid is a two-axle hybrid bus (7900H in single deck or the B5LH in double deck form) with an electric motor, a battery and a five litre diesel engine. First introduced in 2009, it is quiet, emission free at start and standstill and offers up to 39% lower energy consumption than an equivalent sized diesel bus. All three vehicles are certified as low emission buses.