There is a general trend toward allowing fewer cars into city centres. This means a growing demand for transport capacity without increasing environmental stress. The need for safety zones, silent zones, zero emission areas and even indoor terminals has become a reality. Volvo has a complete offering to meet these needs, including all a city needs to get started.

Silence is golden

The challenge of noise pollution is on the agenda of virtually every city. The effects of excess noise on public health are well-documented and there is also an increasing awareness of the substantial costs related to noise reduction. With electrically powered buses noise emissions are reduced as are the need for remedies.

Zone management

In dense city areas, not all types of traffic can be permitted. For reasons of noise, emissions and general safety, restrictions are applied in defined zones or at specific points. At Volvo we are ready to share our experience and to offer proven tools needed to manage these zones.


With an electric or hybrid bus, your fuel cost is substantially reduced compared to a regular diesel bus. Electric drive is far more efficient than combustion, and in addition, energy is constantly recovered when braking and going downhill.

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Enter the zero zone
Fossil-free is not enough

Fossil-free is not enough

In dense city areas, not all types of traffic can be permitted. With the Volvo 7900 Electric you can enter silent zones, safety zones, zero-emission areas and even stop at indoor terminals. Other assumed fossil-free solutions, such as biogas engines, are not a viable option when exhaust and noise are prohibited.


Electric propulsion opens up new possibilities. And Volvo Bus Zone Management allows the vehicles to comply with restrictions depending on geographical position, day of the week and even time of the day. The driver is informed upon reaching a zone, and the vehicle can adjust automatically without any driver intervention.


The cost of noise

The Cost of Noise

Noise is not just disturbing. It’s also an expensive, and often neglected, health factor. Regulations gradually step up the demand for cutting noise levels and this results in huge costs for society and property owners. It is extremely beneficial to reduce noise at the source, and in city traffic, large diesel and gas engines are obvious noise polluters.


When calculating the cost of noise, comparing combustion engines with electric drive engines reveal dramatic figures. Independent studies show cost savings in the range of €0.4/bus km. In a year this can add up to millions for the entire city. Contact us and we will send you the full report.




Mobility in the urban environment is a multi-faceted matter, and bus routes can be subject to very different demands. Route length, frequency, capacity and local regulations all result in the need for different types of traffic and vehicles. Pollution and congestion are growing problems, yet all the time the demand for transportation is increasing.


At Volvo we are convinced that electromobility will remain a cornerstone in the urban traffic structure for the foreseeable future. That’s why our offerings are extended to include more than just the vehicles. Progressive cities will request complete system solutions: high-quality vehicles, relevant services and an open-interface infrastructure. In these areas, Volvo is a leader in R&D, manufacturing and project management.



ELECTRIC BUSES - The zero zones

In sensitive areas, such as congested city centres and residential areas, exhausts and noise must be kept to a minimum. Electric propulsion is the perfect solution since it's not only exhaust-free but also silent. And thanks to opportunity charging and the battery size, capacity is on a par with conventional buses.


Managing a public transport operation is both complex and complicated. Electric hybrids have the advantage of being able to operate for major parts of a route under the same conditions as electric buses. They can replace conventional and hybrid buses and operate even without infrastructure.

HYBRID BUSES - Environmental benefits from day one

Hybrid technology is the first step to electrified mobility. A hybrid bus can directly replace an older fleet and reduce nitrogen oxides and particulate emissions by up to 50%. And just as with other kinds of electrified buses, your passengers and the public will prefer them to conventional alternatives.


INTERCITY BUSES - Taking cars off the commuter routes

The days of diesel buses in city centres will soon be over. But modern diesel technology still has a definite role to play. Every commuter and intercity passenger who leaves the car at home and boards a bus will reduce his or her environmental impact to a fraction and reduced congestion.




Opportunity charging

Opportunity charging

Electric and electric hybrid buses are automatically charged at end-of-the-line bus stops. Charging is fast and normally there is no need to schedule changes. It is the most cost-efficient way to charge buses. In total it requires a few chargers, each with a high utilization rate and low maintenance operation. The open interface principle opens the market to several competing suppliers.

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