Volvo Receives Europe’s Largest Electric Bus Order

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Volvo Buses has received the largest single order for electric buses in all of Europe. It will deliver 157 electric articulated buses to Transdev starting next year. The plan is for the fleet to be used on a variety of routes around Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • Volvo Buses received Europe’s largest electric bus order ever.
  • It features 157 articulated buses for Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Deliveries are expected to begin in 2020.

All 157 buses are the new 7900 Volvo Electric Articulated model. Each can carry 150 passengers and consumes 80 percent less energy than a similar diesel bus. This makes them an ideal choice as they not only manage high passenger counts but deliver lower overall operating costs.

A fleet of 157 electric buses is coming to Gothenburg, Sweden. (Photo: Volvo)

Standardized charging stations

Charging these electric buses will be done at quick-charge stations along the various drive routes through OppCharge. This company uses an industry accepted standard for charging commercial hybrid and electric vehicles.

As the leading operator of electric buses in Europe, it’s important to Transdev that charging its fleets is as uncomplicated as possible. As the number and types of commercial electric vehicles increases, using the standard adopted by OppCharge will allow a wide variety of vehicles to share the same charging stations.

In addition to the cost savings and positive environmental impact of electric buses, Transdev sees them as having a more personal impact. A clean, quiet bus creates a more pleasant work experience for drivers and a more relaxing ride for passengers.

The lack of a noisy internal combustion engine also makes it possible for these buses to go in areas where traditional buses aren’t allowed due to noise regulations. This expands possible service routes and hours of operation making the bus service more convenient for residents.


While personal electric vehicles make an impact on the environment and individual lives, the impact of commercial electric vehicles can be far greater. They reduce emissions and noise in cities helping make them more livable and come with the potential for expanded service where noisier options aren’t allowed.

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