Scania will deliver another ten electric buses to the Swedish city of Östersund. The ten new-generation 12.3-meter Scania Citywide LF 12.3-meter buses were ordered by operator Vy Buss.
The ten vehicles will complement the electric Scania buses that have been in service in Östersund since 2017. Seven of the new electric buses are scheduled to go into service in July 2021, the remaining three in summer 2022, by which time one-third of the city bus lines in the central Swedish city will be electrified. Scania has not yet revealed the financial scope of the order.
A field test was started in 2017 with three electric buses, which will be expanded in 2019 and three more vehicles in 2017. “This test has been exciting both for us and Scania and we’ve learned a lot,” says Andreas Ehrenborg, Technical Director at Vy. “The traffic has been running smoothly, regardless if the temperature has been 30 degrees plus or minus”. The city also conducted a survey among passengers at the time. 78 per cent were very satisfied with the electric bus, 66 per cent found the ride better or much better than with a diesel bus.
“We were early in establishing a charging infrastructure for electric cars and are now continuing with electric buses,” says Anne Sörensson, project manager for green transport at the City of Östersund. “We view this as essential in our aim to become fossil-free and energy-efficient by 2030.”
Scania had already introduced the all-electric Citywide in 2017. This is a little late in the game and other bus manufacturers are leading the market for electric buses, especially companies like Solaris and VDL. Larger groups such as Daimler with the eCitaro or MAN, which like Scania belongs to the VW subsidiary Traton with the Lion’s City E, only later brought battery-electric buses onto the market.
The operator Vy Buss belongs to the Norwegian Vy Group and is one of the largest transport companies in the Nordic countries. Vy Buss procures its vehicles from many manufacturers, while previous orders for electric buses went to Volvo or BYD.