Oslo: Norgesbuss orders 17 Volvo electric buses
Norway’s capital has taken the next step in its push for a zero emission transit system. Volvo received an order for 17 electric buses due to arrive in Oslo in summer 2019. They are part of a total of 70 all-electric buses various manufacturers share.
Oslo wants to electrify its transit system starting with a total of 70 electric buses due to arrive by 2019 reportedly. The city has four bus operators on board that have opted for different manufacturers.
The latest order has been placed by operator Norgesbuss. They chose Volvo and their 7900 Electric. Oslo is the fourth Norwegian city to order fully electric buses from Volvo, after Trondheim, Drammen and Lillehammer.
Says Svenn-Åge Lökken, Sales manager, Volvo Buses Norway: “We have gained considerable expertise in electromobility that we bring into the cooperation with Norgesbuss and we expect good synergies between the projects already started in Trondheim, Drammen and Lillehammer.”
The Volvo buses will run in traffic in the area of Romerike just north of Oslo and come as a turnkey solution with Volvo providing all maintenance for the vehicles as well as their batteries at a fixed monthly cost. The buses have a battery capacity of 200 kWh and will charge via CCS in the depot.
In Oslo, another operator is to carry the lions share of the electrification offensive though, Unibuss. The Norwegian company has placed their order with VDL Bus & Coach to deliver 40 Citea electric buses (we reported).