Volvo recently sold 25 hybrid buses for Göteborgs Spårvägar (Gothenburg Tramways), which operates public transportation on behalf of Västtrafik. This brings Volvo’s total number of hybrid buses sold in the Nordic countries up to 100.
Volvo’s hybrid buses deliver up to 37 percent lower fuel consumption and, with a lower impact than conventional diesel vehicles, have achieved significant market success around the world. The company’s home town of Gothenburg has ordered 25 hybrid buses that are scheduled to roll out later this year.
“These hybrid buses are an important element of our program of converting to fossil (fuel)-free bus traffic while reducing fuel consumption,” said Leif Blomqvist, chairman of the board at Västtrafik, the agency responsible for providing public transportation in Gothenburg. “Their combination of low emissions, lower noise level, high capacity and low energy utilization is very attractive.”
Director of Operations Bernt-Erik Johansson of Göteborgs Spårvägar noted, “We wanted environmentally favorable buses for a new application, and we finally opted for Volvo hybrid buses, whose low fuel consumption makes a big difference to the quality of emissions that they release.”
The Volvo 700 hybrid buses are powered by an electric motor and a small diesel engine. The regenerative braking power of the buses radically reduces the fuel consumption as they recover the energy generated when the brakes are applied. When the bus stops, the engine is shut off, enabling the bus to operate quietly and without emitting any fumes into the air. The diesel engine is powered by biodiesel, which greatly reduces emissions.
Uri Peleg, area director north at Volvo Buses added, “It’s very satisfying that Gothenburg is committing to vehicles designed for environmentally efficient public transport. This order brings our total sales of hybrid buses in the Nordic countries to 100, and interest on the part of operators and traffic authorities continues to grow rapidly.”