Take the electric bus to Volvo Ocean race and alight in the library

Can you travel by bus in a library? Yes, at least when the Volvo Ocean Race rolls into Gothenburg on 21–28 June. During the event, the electric buses will be operating a new route, 55, to a specially built indoor stop in Frihamnen, designed like a real library.

In collaboration with Gothenburg City Library, Volvo has built a temporary bus stop at Frihamnen in the form of a library. The aim is to showcase the possibilities provided by quiet, emission-free buses. The library will enable visitors to borrow books and tablets from Gothenburg City Library librarians and sit down for a moment to read or listen to audio-books – just like in a real library.

“Combining a bus stop with a library during the Volvo Ocean Race is an exciting idea, giving us the chance to meet many people from all over the city and allow new visitors to discover what our libraries have to offer,” said Gothenburg City Library Manager Christina Persson.

“Quiet, emission-free electric buses create new possibilities for public transport. With noise and air pollution out of the equation, the vehicles can get closer to where people are – even indoors. To show how this can work, we’ve constructed a temporary bus stop in the form of a library,” explained Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.

The library at Frihamnen will be open daily from 10.00 am to 11.00 pm.

Staff from Keolis, the bus operator, will be on site to offer guidance to passengers and provide information about the electric buses, the new route, 55, and the underlying partnership, ElectriCity.

Daily services from 21 to 28 June
Route 55 will be operated by three fully electric buses and seven electric hybrids from Volvo. The buses will call at the temporary library bus stop at Frihamnen for the duration of the Volvo Ocean Race, from 21 to 28 June. Find the timetable at vasttrafik.se.

A part of ElectriCity
Within the framework of ElectriCity, Swedish actors from industry, research and the community demonstrate and evaluate new solutions for the sustainable public transport of the future. The collaboration brings together the Volvo Group, Chalmers, the Swedish Energy Agency, Region Västra Götaland, Västtrafik, Keolis, the City of Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi, Lindholmen Science Park and Johanneberg Science Park, among others.