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JUL
18
2018

Volvo receives large order of
fully-electric buses for the Netherlands

By The Whisperer

With many years in the coach and bus industry, The Whisperer keeps his ear to the ground for all the latest tit-bits and gossip. Tell him what’s going on in your part of the world: e-mail him via editorial@route-one.net


Volvo has secured an order of 23 fully-electric buses from Arriva in the Netherlands. The buses will operate in the city of Leiden in the province of South Holland.

The order was signed in June at a ceremony in conjunction with the Volvo Ocean Race, which finished in the Hague this week.

Delivery of the fully-electric buses, with a battery capacity of 200 kWh, will take place between Q1 and Q3 in 2019.

Says Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses: “We are delighted to establish our first large-scale system of fully-electric buses in the Netherlands in co-operation with Arriva, a pioneer in sustainable city transport. The order is yet another example where also smaller cities are shifting to sustainable, electric bus systems as a means of solving the problems with air quality and noise in the city.”

Adds Anne Hettinga, CEO Arriva the Netherlands: “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.”

The fully-eletric buses are being sold as a complete turnkey package whereby Volvo takes care of all vehicle maintenance at a fixed monthly cost.

The buses will be fast-charged using four charging stations which will be delivered by ABB. The charging stations will be based on an open interface – OppCharge - which means they can be used by other electrified bus makes too. Energy consumption for Volvo’s electric buses is about 80% lower than for corresponding diesel buses.