Volvo Buses has used Busworld in Belgium to launch  a new electric-powered articulated bus capable of carrying  up to 150 passengers which it claims has 80 per cent lower energy consumption compared to a corresponding diesel bus. 

The 7900 Electric Articulated Volvo Buses will make it attractive to electrify even high-frequency bus routes with large numbers of passengers according to Volvo.

To meet the specific requirements of different cities and operators, Volvo says the 7900 Electric Articulated has a flexible construction and can be optimised to suit varying needs.

It will be available in both 18metre and 18.7 metre lengths and the number of batteries can be varied to provide the exact energy storage capacity needed for each vehicle, with up to 396 kWh energy storage capacity.

Volvo says that charging can take place either via quick-charge stations along the route using OppCharge or via the main grid when the bus is parked in the depot  via Combo2/CCS.

Despite having a 150 passenger capacity Volvo says the 7900 Electric Articulated has been developed to provide driveability even on demanding gradients and says it can handle a fully loaded start on a 20˚ uphill slope.

Volvo says its been designed to boost swift passenger movement and to give passengers a quiet and comfortable ride with four double doors, large floor areas and ergonomic handrails and grab-handles, as well as Volvo-designed seats.

The company says the driver has a commanding view of surrounding traffic and a comfortable driving position from the cockpit and the low noise levels help reduce tiredness and distraction. 

A high-capacity climate unit also delivers a pleasant temperature for passengers and driver alike according to Volvo, while the bus can be equipped with Dynamic Steering, whichit says  significantly eases the driver’s work and reduces strain.

With a growing number of  defined zero emission zones in many cities Volvo says  the new electric bus has been engineered to be able to be driven in areas with strict demands concerning noise, exhaust emissions and speed, and indoor bus stops. 

The bus uses dual electric motors with a two-speed transmission delivering maximum power of 200 kW from each motor or 400kW in total, while  maximum torque is 3100 Nm at the driven axle.

As well as  the 7900 Electric Articulated, Volvo highlighted its range electrified vehicles including  the 7900 Hybrid, 7900 Hybrid Articulated and Hybrid Double Deck at Busworld.