‘Electric-Hybrid Buses and Full-Electric Buses Are Tomorrow’s Solution’
Sweden’s Volvo Buses is introducing a plug-in hybrid electric bus with a four-cylinder, 5.1-liter diesel and lithium battery pack affording about more than 4 miles of all-electric range (7 kilometers).
The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid will be able to charge at end stations in about six minutes. “Total energy consumption is reduced by 60%,” Volvo says.
The formal launch of the Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid takes place this week at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show, running September 25-October 2 at Germany’s Hannover Exhibition Center.
“Electric-hybrid buses and full-electric buses are tomorrow’s solution for urban public transport,” Volvo Bus president Håkan Agnevall said in a release. “They will allow us to reduce energy consumption, air pollution, climate impact and noise.”
Gothenburg, Hamburg, Stockholm, Luxembourg
“Volvo has already signed contracts with several European cities for the first deliveries,” Volvo states, naming Hamburg, Luxembourg and Stockholm. Three Volvo Electric Hybrids have run in a field test in Gothenburg over the past year, the manufacturer says. Starting this fall, eight Volvo Electric Hybrids will be put into regular operation in central Stockholm.
Full series production of the Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid, “the next step in electrification,” is to commence in early 2016.
The bus has a 150-kilowatt (approximately 200-horsepower) Volvo I-SAM motor, and a 19-kilowatt-hours 600-volt lithium ion battery pack. It has a Volvo D5K 240, four-cylinder in-line diesel engine with common rail injection.
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