The Dutch city of Leiden has put five Volvo electric buses into operation on their roads, which are part of an order from last year for 23 electric buses by the public transport operator Arriva. The Birmingham Airport has also ordered six of the Volvo 7900 Electric buses.
Arriva ordered the 23 buses in July 2018, for which ABB was tasked with installing four charging infrastructure. The infrastructure uses an open interface, so that other electric buses could use them in future. Frank Muehlon, head of ABB’s charging infrastructure division states: “This project marks a significant step in a long-term partnership between ABB and Volvo, which has seen both companies work side by side for many years on co-developing electric bus solutions and open standards for the future of urban mobility.”
Now the first five buses of the fleet have gone into regular operation, which is planned to be completed by August, when Arriva will have established a completely electrified bus city bus system. Volvo will take care of operational maintenance at a fixed monthly cost.
Meanwhile in the UK, the Birmingham airport has announced the signing of an order for electric buses – six 7900e single deck electric buses from Volvo, to be precise. The vehicles are expected to go into operation in November 2019, when they will serve as a free passenger transport service for car parks. Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport, says: “This partnership is a key milestone for us. We are always investigating new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon emissions and through the partnership with Volvo Bus UK, we will do just this.”
The buses will be served by two “high level charging points” installed outside the terminal, which will be supplemented by additional charging points in the bus parking lot, which are also aimed to be available for use by other electric bus and coach operators in future.