According to Volvo, bus company Nobina has placed an order for 60 Volvo electric buses for use in the city of Malmö, Sweden. These buses are scheduled for delivery in January 2021 with plans to put them in service by April.
- Nobina has placed an order for 60 Volvo electric buses.
- The buses are set for delivery next January.
- Each articulated bus can hold up to 150 passengers.
The Volvo 7900 is an articulated electric bus that launched back in the fall of 2019. It is a high-capacity vehicle that can manage up to 150 passengers. Not only can it carry lots of people, it’s more efficient that comparable diesel buses by 80 percent.
Since electric buses are quiet, they’ll be able to go into restricted areas without disturbing residents. (Photo: Getty Images)
Expanded service options
The buses are set to operate on two routes in Malmö and will be allowed in areas that are currently restricted for many vehicles. Current rules about the kinds of vehicles allowed in some areas prevents diesel-powered bus service altogether.
These include tight controls for both noise and emissions, which don’t pose the same problem for electric vehicles. They don’t have emissions and they’re silent, so they won’t disturb residents even at odd hours. This will make it possible for Volvo 7900 buses to enter both zero-emission zones and indoor bus stops that might otherwise go unserved as well as quiet residential areas.
This is the second large order of the Volvo 7900 placed in Sweden. Last fall, Transdev ordered 157 of the buses for use in and around Gothenburg. Deliveries of those buses will happen sometime this year.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The switch to electric vehicles on a personal level is happening slowly. Making the same switch for mass transit not only helps people get more comfortable with the idea of EVs, it will more quickly make cities quieter, less polluted, and more livable.