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Volvo B5L S-Charge

E-mobility redefined

Volvo Buses proudly presents the latest addition to our electromobility range. Based on our full-hybrid driveline with a decade-long track record of excellence, it now offers unique operational and environmental capabilities. In addition to massive fuel savings, it can run in electric-only mode at bus stops, in depots and in defined zero-emission zones. It was therefore logical to give it a new name. Welcome to explore the Volvo B5L S-Charge.

All-electric capabilities - no charging infrastructure

The Volvo B5L S-Charge can operate in electric mode for up to 1 km and at speeds of up to 50 km/h. It is also able to arrive, idle and depart from bus stops silently and emission-free. And it does so without any charging infrastructure. The actual distances and capabilities depend on local conditions, such as topography and average speed, and are therefore subject to a route analysis. This functionality is based on Volvo’s unique Zone Management system, a smart connected service. In addition to these functions, the Volvo B5L S-Charge will autonomously optimise every metre of the route and save a lot of fuel.

Carbon footprint explained

All over the world, CO2 emissions are a major issue. But often the focus remains on tailpipe emissions, whereas well-to-wheel footprint is the only way to measure actual impact. For electric buses, the footprint of the grid energy is the decisive factor. The self-charging Volvo B5L S-Charge can use any mix up to 100% biofuel and present a carbon footprint less than half that of coal-based electricity, and sometimes lower than a grid-charged BEV. And compared to a so-called mild hybrid the difference is substantial.

Carbon footprint in g/km of different drivelines

Great savings on your fuel bills

The fuel savings will depend largely on the kind of operation undertaken, but our highly efficient Volvo B5L S-Charge has been reported to give savings of up to 39% in mixed traffic. The Hybrid chassis is equipped with a number of special features to assist optimum performance. It's a result of the complete integration of the engine and the hybrid systems – all of which are designed and manufactured by Volvo.

Unrivalled uptime

The Volvo Parallel Hybrid driveline has a long, proven in-service record with thousands of vehicles in operation. With legendary Volvo reliability and a service-friendly layout for easy maintenance, your bus is designed for optimum uptime. In addition, we can offer a range of services to further ensure vehicle availability and avoid unplanned downtime. The Volvo B5L S-Charge is backed by our usual warranty and minimises risk levels for our customers.


Reduced weight – more capacity

Thanks to weight savings on the Volvo B5L S-Charge chassis, allowing passenger capacity on a par with conventional diesel buses.

The smarter driveline

The Volvo I-Sam driveline features a 110 kW electric motor, a right-sized 5-litre Euro 6 diesel engine and Volvo I-Shift gearbox.


The Volvo B5L S-Charge is part of our holistic approach to sustainable transport solutions. Our partnerships with cities worldwide help create new means of public transport.


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