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Gothenburg announces new electric bus route

Two prototype buses will run on route 16, which will be equipped with charging infrastructure and bus stop facilities

Electric buses are helping Gothenburg create "the public transport of the future"
Electric buses are helping Gothenburg create "the public transport of the future"

Gothenburg, Sweden, is adding a new route to its electric bus operations in the city following a successful two-year trial. In June 2018, two electrically powered high-capacity buses will start operating on route 16 under the ElectriCity venture.


ElectriCity has brought together companies, researchers, public authorities, the city and the region since 2013 to test and develop new solutions for sustainable transport and sustainable urban development.


On Gothenburg’s bus route 55, 10 all-electric or partially electrified buses have been operating since 2015. According to the original ElectriCity plan, the tests were scheduled to end in 2018, but the trial is being extended with additional vehicles and the test period will continue to 2020.


Plans are also under way to expand the demo arena with heavy vehicles for quiet and emission-free urban traffic.


“Gothenburg has a strong automotive industry and is the Nordic region’s logistics hub. One benefit is that we get involved early in testing next-generation technology,” said Stefan Eglinger, director of urban transport administration, city of Gothenburg.


“Tomorrow’s quiet vehicles emitting no exhaust gases will make the city even more appealing for people to live in, work in and enjoy. I’m happy and proud that our cooperative venture has been so successful that we now want to go further in the next phase.”


When the Volvo Ocean Race is staged in Gothenburg in June next year, two electrically powered articulated buses will showcase the latest developments as they operate between Nordstan and Frihamnen.


These two prototype buses will then run on route 16, which will be equipped with charging infrastructure and bus stop facilities for electrified high-capacity traffic. New charging stations will be built at Eriksbergstorget and Sahlgrenska Hospital on the route.


“We know that the people of Västra Götaland want more electric buses, and that passengers who currently use route 55 are very satisfied,” said Ulrika Frick, chair of the Region Västra Götaland public transport board, responsible for the development of public transport in Västra Götaland.


“We want more people to give up their cars, cut emissions and reduce noise levels. Electric buses help us reach these targets and our mission is to create the public transport of the future.


"That’s why we are now looking forward to the next big step, testing larger electric buses on more frequent routes and with more passengers.”


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