The Volvo B5LHC Double Deck builds on the success of the Volvo 7900 Single Deck Electric Hybrid bus launched in 2014. The Volvo B5LHC Electric Hybrid driveline is an extension of the well-proven technology used as standard in the Volvo B5LH Hybrid. The difference lies in a more powerful electric motor, increased capacity Lithium Ion battery rated at 19kWh and equipment for opportunity charging.
The new Volvo B5LHC has the abilty to operate with zero tail pipe emissions in electric mode for around 7 kms between charging. This means less noise and cleaner air not only on the route but at bus stops and end terminuses. Once outside city centre zero emissions zones, the B5LHC has the ability to perform as an efficient hybrid vehicle, giving greater flexibility and operating range. Designed with regenerative braking, energy usually lost to braking is recovered to further enhance efficiencies and extend the electric range.
The B5LHC shares the same conductive opportunity charging system used on the full Electric 7900E and Electric Hybrid 7900EH vehicles, giving flexibility and interoperability for operators and local authorities. Charging is fully automated and takes between three and six minutes. The infrastructure creates new opportunities for urban planning, for example allowing for the design of indoor bus terminuses.
The charging system can be integrated into any part of the city streetscape; each charging solution includes the complete interface between the power network, the energy supplier, the equipment and the vehicle.
It uses a pantograph which makes physical contact with the bus from above. This optimises charging efficiency and provides the ability to safely charge whilst passengers embark and disembark. All moving parts are integrated into the charging system, while the contact rails on the bus are fixed-mount connectors. This minimises the need for additional maintenance on the bus and reduces vehicle weight, which in turn increases passenger capacity and vehicle efficiency.
A mock-up of the charging infrastructure will be displayed on the Volvo Bus stand at the Euro Bus Expo show at the NEC in Birmingham 1 – 3 November.
The new Volvo B5LHC is the latest product from the Volvo Electromobility range to be released as part of the wider City Mobility and Electromobility strategy. Electromobility is the range of vehicles and solutions that can be used in modern smart city operations; the range includes Hybrid, Electric Hybrid and Full Electric vehicles along with connected services and maintenance packages tailored to the life of the transport system. City Mobility is the infrastructure and planning aspect of Volvo’s strategy to introduce ever more sustainable transport solutions.
The first Volvo Hybrid Double Deck was introduced in UK in 2009 - by the end of 2016 there will be more than 1,500 in service.
The launch vehicle – which has been built to Transport for London (TfL) specification and features the SRM body style developed by Wrightbus – is scheduled for evaluation in London during 2017. Certified with a passenger capacity of 87, the new Electric Hybrid Double Deck has 43 seats on the top deck with 17 seats in the lower saloon to a two-door specification.
The chassis specification includes Volvo I Shift automated transmission, electrically controlled air suspension with kneeling function, electronically controlled disc brakes with brake blending and a spacious driver’s environment with Volvo dashboard.
TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, Leon Daniels, is due to formally receive the new vehicle from President of Volvo Buses, Håkan Agnevall at Euro Bus Expo, which is the UK’s biennial exhibition for the bus and coach sector.
Speaking ahead of the show, Managing Director of Volvo Bus in the UK & Ireland Nick Page, said: “The new Volvo B5LHC Electric Hybrid is an exciting addition to our city bus range, saving up to 75% in diesel fuel cost compared to an equivalent diesel double deck bus. C02, NOx and particulate emissions are also reduced in proportion, improving air quality and noise levels – something that will be increasingly required in our towns and cities.
“We already have a proven pedigree here in the UK with more than 1,500 Volvo Hybrid Double Deck buses both in London and beyond, so this is another exciting step along the road to further emission-free operation, with all the environmental and societal benefits that this can bring.”
1 November 2016
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The new B5LHC Double Deck Electric Hybrid fromVolvo Bus, premiered at the Euro Bus Expo 2016 show in Birmingham.
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