Luxembourg opts for electric hybrid buses

Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus for Luxembourg

Volvo will provide Luxembourg with further electric hybrid buses to fulfil the delivery of more sustainable public transport.

Volvo has received an order for 5 electric hybrid buses from bus operator AVL (Autobus de la ville de Luxembourg). Electric bus chargers will be supplied by ABB. The order is a result of Luxembourg’s investment in sustainable mobility.

Luxembourg was one of the first cities in Europe to implement buses with hybrid technology. In 2011, the first Volvo hybrids were delivered, today 14 Volvo 7900 Hybrids operate in the city.  Luxembourg City and AVL now takes the next step in electrification of the public transport system with the purchase of five Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrids and ABB bus chargers to be delivered towards the end of 2016. One of the bus chargers will be placed at the central station in Luxembourg.

AVL buys the bus system as a turn-key offering. Volvo will be responsible for vehicle servicing including battery maintenance for a fixed monthly cost.

“The decision to operate the first electric hybrid plug-in buses by the end of 2016 in the City of Luxembourg perfectly aligns with our continuous efforts to create a sustainable city. The society will immediately benefit from this project through a cleaner environment, reduced noise levels and increased comfort during bus journeys. This ambitious pioneering project represents the starting point in our endeavour to a zero emission urban bus system for the City of Luxembourg in the near future”, says Sam Tanson, First Deputy Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, in charge of Finance and Mobility.

“We are very pleased to see that the City of Luxembourg is now taking the next step in electrification with our electric hybrids. Electric bus systems are a cost-efficient way for cities to reduce the problems of poor air quality and noise. Emission-free, silent buses also open up entirely new possibilities for urban planning”, says Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses.

Luxembourg is investing to become a leader in sustainable mobility. The sector has been identified as one of the most promising sectors in Luxembourg’s strategy for the diversification and greening of the economy. Around 160,000 people commute to and from Luxembourg City every day. The government wants to reduce the environmental impact and the volume of traffic. The goal is to cut overall carbon dioxide emissions by at least 20% by 2020.

Volvo 7900

The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid can be powered by electricity for up to 70% of its operating time and is quiet and exhaust-free when running on electricity. It also has a 60% lower energy consumption than a corresponding diesel bus.

The bus demonstrates 75–90% lower emissions of carbon dioxide compared with a conventional diesel bus, depending on the fuel used and is equipped with an electric motor, batteries and a small diesel engine. The batteries are recharged at the end terminals in a few minutes.

ABB bus chargers

The charging system from ABB is easy to integrate into existing bus lanes with an inverted pantograph which enables  the use of a low-cost and low weight interface on the roof of the bus. It has a modular design offering charging power of 150kW, 300kW or 450kW and has the ABB suite of connectivity features enables maximum availability, high uptime and fast service response.

Based on IEC 61851-23, the international standard for fast charging of electric vehicles ensuring the appropriate safety systems are in place, the electrical design is in accordance with regulations, and the systems architecture and working principle are supported by wider automotive community in future.

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