Under the agreement, Volvo Buses will supply electric-hybrid buses and full-electric buses to customers, and Siemens will supply and install high-power charging stations (charging capacity of up to 300 kW) for the electric vehicles.
The two companies have been working together since 2012 within the field of electromobility, and have now strengthened the cooperation further. One objective is to develop a standard for charging infrastructure in order to facilitate for cities to transfer to electrified bus systems.
“We are very pleased to partner with one of the world’s largest technology companies, which shares our vision of electromobility. The agreement enables us to seize new business opportunities and support the cities in the shift to sustainable and cost-efficient public transportation systems,” said Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Bus Corporation.
“Electrified buses are an essential part of sustainable urban public transportation. Siemens and Volvo bring in both technology and experience to shape this trend,” added Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Mobility.
Volvo Buses and Siemens have already delivered a complete city mobility solution consisting of three Volvo electric hybrid buses and four charging stations to the city of Hamburg, where the buses operate on the city’s new Innovation route. During 2015, electric buses, electric hybrids and charging infrastructure will be delivered to the Swedish cities of Gothenburg and Stockholm. The charging infrastructure supplied by Siemens includes the charging station, auxiliary equipment, cabling, civil works, installation, commissioning and maintenance.
The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus enables the reduction of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide by up to 75%, total energy consumption is reduced by 60%, compared with diesel buses Euro 6*. The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid runs in electric mode on average 70% of the route, silent and emission-free. Charging at end stations takes up to 6 minutes.
Volvo Buses is a leader in electromobility and launched its first diesel hybrid bus in 2009. The company has delivered more than 5,000 electric buses and electric hybrids to 21 countries. The first electric buses under the Volvo brand will enter traffic within the ElectriCity project in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2015.
*Numbers are the average yearly savings in an example route with a length of 9.6 km between terminal charging opportunities. For the carbon dioxide contribution of the electricity the same principle as for European cars declaration is applied and fossil free electricity is used. If biofuel is used the carbon dioxide saving is higher.
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