Volvo 7900 Electric to offer greater range and flexibility
Volvo Buses is launching a new version of its all-electric Volvo 7900 Electric. The company says that the newer version offers an extended range and more charging options, which will provide bus operators with enhanced flexibility.
Battery capacity is significantly extended compared with the previous version. The new bus is available with a choice of 150, 200, and 250 kW·h. This means that the bus can run far longer between charges, allowing it to be used more efficiently throughout the day.
"This is a very important reinforcement of our electromobility product range, giving our customers maximum flexibility in their daily operations. During peak hours, the buses can operate continuously without stopping to recharge. Instead, the batteries can be charged once traffic is at off-peak levels. On shorter routes, they can even run throughout the day and be charged at night," said Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses. "As the demand for electric buses has grown very rapidly both in Europe and the rest of the world, it feels really good that we can offer cities an electric-bus system that provides better preconditions than ever to switch to sustainable, quiet, and emission-free public transport."
The bus was designed to have an expanded range of options for battery charging. As before, the batteries are intended to be fast-charged at the route's end stops, via the open and competition-neutral OppCharge interface. They can also be charged via cable, CCS (Combined Charging System), which is the European standard for charging of electric vehicles from the main grid.
"Operators can choose the charge interface that best suits each particular occasion. For instance, CCS is suitable for high-power charging when the bus is parked in the depot," said Johnny Lidman, Product Manager of City Buses Europe at Volvo Buses.
The Volvo 7900 Electric is being launched on the market and has its premiere showing at the Busworld international bus fair in Kortrijk, Belgium, on October 20-25. The first models are expected to become operational at the end of 2018.
The electric buses are sold in the form of a complete, turnkey solution, with Volvo conducting all maintenance of vehicles and batteries at a fixed monthly cost. Features of the Volvo 7900 Electric include:
- All-electric propulsion, two-axle 12-m (39 ft) city bus with low floor and three doors
- Quiet and emission-free operation
- 80% lower energy consumption than corresponding diesel bus
- Battery capacity 150, 200, or 250 kW·h
- Can be charged via OppCharge or CCS (250 kW·h charge only via CCS)
- Operating range up to 200 km (124 mi) depending on topography and driving conditions
- Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection Warning are available as options