157 electric buses to be rolled out in Gothenburg
Posted: 20 January 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
With services scheduled to commence in December 2020, the new electrified lines will mean a total of 220 electric buses will be in operation in Gothenburg by the end of the year.
157 new Volvo electric buses will be rolled out in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille, powered by charging infrastructure solutions from ABB. The announcement is said to represent an important step towards achieving a sustainable public transport solution for the 180 million trips made by bus in the region each year.
In line with the Swedish government’s vision that Sweden should be climate neutral by 2050, public transport company Västtrafik has announced that it expects to have electrified all city traffic in Västra Götaland by 2030.
“Together with ABB and our partners, we have created a common holistic transport solution that will make public transport in Gothenburg quieter and emission-free,” said Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses. “The solution shows that electric buses are not only something for the future, but already today provide cities with public transport that is sustainable and financially viable.”
19 new high-power electric chargers will be installed during the second half of 2020 before the new buses go into operation, and another two stations are planned for the future.
The buses in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille will be charged by 450kW high power ABB Panto Down chargers. The buses can reportedly be recharged in three to six minutes at charging stations along the routes. The high-power chargers deliver web-enabled connectivity that allow network operators to perform remote monitoring and configuration of charge points, with the aim to minimise downtime and increase efficiency.
“The sustainable transformation of bus traffic in Gothenburg is an example of how ABB is pursuing its Mission to Zero, with the goal to develop innovations that will contribute to a zero-emission future. We have the products and solutions to deliver electricity from generation to the point of consumption in a safe, smart and sustainable way,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions.