Successful testing of electric articulated buses in Gothenburg, Sweden

Concept electric articulated buses started being tested on parts of route 16 in Gothenburg in mid-June last year. How did the tests go? Does the technology work? What do passengers think?

The electric articulated bus

“To date, our electric articulated buses have operated for over 4,500 hours and driven a total of 62,000 kilometres on one of the city’s busiest routes without any major operational disruptions. This is an excellent result,” says Peter Nordin Coordinator ElectriCity for Volvo Group.

During the test period, the technology used for charging, control and operation has been continuously tested, optimised and verified to provide data to support continued product development.

Västtrafik, west Sweden’s public transport authority, carried out their latest passenger survey in April 2019. The result shows that Gothenburg residents are generally very satisfied with the electric buses. For instance, 90 percent of passengers on route 16 feel that the electric buses contribute to a better urban environment and that they are pleasant to ride in. The electric buses on route 16 also gained high ratings for departure frequency, short journey duration and on-board cleanliness.

Volvo’s prototype articulated buses feature a number of technical and design solutions that make travel easier and more comfortable for passengers. For instance, the buses have four double doors, large unobstructed floor surfaces and ergonomically designed handrails, grab-handles and backrests for standing passengers. The aim is that a large number of passengers should be able to quickly and conveniently enter and exit at every stop, while making the journey itself as comfortable as possible. The buses are equipped with onboard Wi-Fi, phone charging points and traffic information screens.

The electric articulated buses are operated by Transdev.

The ElectriCity collaboration

ElectriCity is a cooperation between 15 partners from industry, academy and society that work together to develop, test and demonstrate new solutions for the future. The partners involved are Volvo Group, the Västra Götaland Region, Västtrafik, the City of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, the Swedish Energy Agency, Johanneberg Science Park, Lindholmen Science Park, Göteborg Energi, Älvstranden Utveckling, Ericsson, Keolis, Akademiska Hus and Chalmersfastigheter. Visit www.electricitygoteborg.se for more information.

Volvo Bus

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