Volvo of Sweden has received a large order from the Dutch arm of operator Arriva as they acquire 23 fully electric buses. Deliveries are set in 2019 so that the buses can take up service in the city of Leiden.
The order was signed at a ceremony today in conjunction with the Volvo Ocean Race, which finished in the Hague this week.
The fully electric buses from Volvo have a battery capacity of 200 kWh and will run in Leiden in the province of South Holland (Zuid-Holland). Deliveries will take place between Q1 and Q3 in 2019 and as usual, Volvo sold the electric buses as a complete turnkey package whereby Volvo takes care of all maintenance at a fixed monthly cost.
The package also includes four charging stations which will be delivered by ABB, a longstanding partner of Volvo. The charging stations will be based on the OppCharge protocol, which means they can be used by other electrified bus makes too.
“This is a big step in making public transport more sustainable in the province of Zuid-Holland. With shared sustainability ambitions, the province of Zuid-Holland, Arriva and Volvo are able to make the public transport of a complete city emission free in one go,” said Anne Hettinga, CEO of Arriva in the Netherlands.
Volvo has been busy selling electric bus model 7900 Electric in cities in countries such as Sweden, Britain, Luxemburg and Poland. Including their hybrid models, the company says it has sold more than 4,000 electrified Volvo buses the world over.
We recorded the most recent orders as coming from Norgesbuss in Oslo and Brussels. The Belgian capital opted for as many as 90 hybrid buses by Volvo though. Moreover, Volvo has received an order for 12 articulated hybrid buses from Polish Cracow. The electrified vehicles are produced in Volvo’s factory in Wroclaw in this case.