The first electric hybrid plug-in buses will be operational by the end of 2016 and align with Luxembourgís aim to create a sustainable city
Volvo has secured an order from Luxembourg bus operator AVL for five additional electric hybrid plug-in buses as well as associated fast chargers from ABB as part of the city’s continued efforts to promote sustainable mobility. The City of Luxembourgís goal is to cut overall carbon dioxide emissions by at least one fifth by 2020.
The electric buses and chargers will be delivered later this year with one of the bus chargers to be located at the city’s central station.
"This ambitious pioneering project represents the starting point in our endeavour [towards] a zero emission urban bus system for the City of Luxembourg in the near future", said Sam Tanson, first deputy mayor of the City of Luxembourg, responsible for finance and mobility.
"The decision to operate the first electric hybrid plug-in buses by the end of 2016 in Luxembourg perfectly aligns with our continuous efforts to create a sustainable city. The society will immediately benefit from this project through a cleaner environment, reduced noise levels and increased comfort during bus journeys."
Volvo’s 7900 electric hybrid buses can be powered by electricity for up to 70 per cent of running time, and deliver two thirds lower energy consumption than a corresponding diesel bus. In addition, carbon dioxide emission rates are potentially 75-90 per cent lower than when compared with a conventional diesel bus, depending on type of fuel used.
This is ABB’s second order with Volvo Buses this year, In February 2016, it received an order for its EV fast chargers for delivery of 11 Volvo hybrid electric buses in Namur city in Belgium.
"Sustainable mobility investments that reduce congestion and improve air quality are increasing," added Pekka Tiitinen, president of ABB’s discrete automation and motion division.
"As part of our next level strategy, we will continue to develop our e-mobility technology portfolio and work closely with companies like Volvo to ensure we provide the solutions these cities and public transportation systems expect."