Volvo gets 60 further battery-electric buses ordered in Sweden. Nobina has just commissioned 60 Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated for Malmö.

The city has already started to get experienced with e-buses: a first batch of 13 Volvo 7900 Electric started operation in late 2018. And in November 2019 the manufacturer was awarded a mega contract for as many as 157 electric articulated buses in Gothenburg with deliveries starting in 2020.

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150 passenger on Volvo articulated electric bus for Malmö

The electric high-capacity buses ordered by Nobina in Malmö are, as just mentioned, of the Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated model, which was officially launched in autumn 2019 at Busworld Brussels (after announcements in June). They can carry up to 150 passengers and are 80 per cent more energy-efficient than corresponding diesel models, Volvo Buses highlights. Their batteries (capacity: 396 kWh) can be quick-charged via OppCharge stations located on the bus route, or they can be charged when the buses are parked in the depot.

Delivery of the 60 electric bus units, according to the plans, will start in January 2021 and all the buses will be delivered by April 2021. They will operate on route 5 and 7 in Malmö. The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated is prepared to be able to run in restricted areas with particularly tough standards for noise, exhaust emissions and speed, for instance in zero-emission zones and indoor bus stops.

220 e-buses ordered in Sweden

“It is immensely gratifying to receive yet another significant order for electric buses. In a short space of time we have taken orders for 220 electric buses from two of Sweden’s largest cities. This shows that electric buses are already a viable solution for cities that want public transport with long-term sustainability – buses that make concrete improvements to the environment. What is more, electromobility creates entirely new opportunities for urban planning and improves flexibility for cities that want to bring public transport closer to where people actually live and work,” says Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.

“We are seeing a rapid change of public transport where the electric buses and technology are meeting the needs of society and passengers for efficient, comfortable and sustainable public transport. Volvo’s electric articulated buses and high battery capacity meet our needs and high demands for modern and sustainable bus traffic in Malmö”, says Henrik Dagnäs, MD at Nobina Sweden.