Volvo Buses will deliver 157 electric articulated buses to Transdev Sweden starting in 2020. The buses will operate on different routes in Gothenburg, Sweden, even in areas or zones with special restrictions. 

All of the buses belong to the recently launched Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated. This model can carry up to 150 passengers with an energy consumption that is 80 per cent lower than the corresponding diesel bus. The vehicles will be charged at quick-charge stations along the route, using the common charging interface OppChargeTM.

“This large order confirms that electric buses are already recognised as a sustainable and financially viable solution for demanding high-capacity public transport needs,” points out Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses. 

“Transdev is today Europe’s leading operator of electric buses and we know what challenges there are with the transition to electric propulsion», says Gunnar Schön, CEO of Transdev Sweden. “We’ve therefore been extremely thorough in choosing a partner with a holistic approach, a partner that will be able to deliver both buses and charging infrastructure on time and with excellent uptime. Being able to announce that we have chosen Volvo as our partner for city bus operations in Volvo’s home city of Gothenburg is of course particularly satisfying” . 

In addition to the electric buses, Transdev has ordered 27 Euro VI buses for regional operations, running on biodiesel.