The Gothenburg Municipal Library will use two Volvo e-buses for its mobile libraries from summer 2020. Finnish company Kiitikori designed the interiors of the two 7900 Electric buses, which not only include bookshelves but also meeting points for children and adults.
Gothenburg City Library currently runs on diesel buses that visit about 70 mobile library stops and 110 preschools. The new electric buses from Volvo have about 80% lower energy consumption than a corresponding Euro 6 diesel bus.
The electric buses have a 250 kWh battery capacity and are charged using a CCS cable. Volvo will handle all maintenance of the Volvo 7900 Electric buses and their battery packs at a fixed monthly cost, which is their usual turnkey solution. Overnight parking, charging and maintenance will take place in the new Volvo Trucks centre in Mölndal.
On the choice of vehicle, Anette Eliasson from the Gothenburg Municipality Cultural Department said “We chose electric buses to ensure this possibility throughout the vehicles’ lifetime, which is no less than 12 years,” The two new all-electric Volvo buses are scheduled to replace the existing mobile libraries in July 2020.