Luxembourg was one of the first cities in Europe to implement buses with hybrid technology. In 2011, the first Volvo hybrids were delivered, today 14 Volvo 7900 Hybrids operate in the city.
“The decision to operate the first electric Volvo hybrids plug-in buses by the end of 2016 in the City of 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. This ambitious pioneering project represents the starting point in our endeavor to a zero emission urban bus system for the City of Luxembourg in the near future”, says Sam Tanson, First Deputy Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, in charge of Finance and Mobility.
The City has a goal to cut overall carbon dioxide emissions by at least 20 percent by 2020.
This is ABB’s second order with Volvo hybrids Buses in 2016. In February ABB announced the order for EV fast chargers in conjunction with Volvo for 11 electric hybrid buses for the city of Namur, Belgium.
“Sustainable mobility investments that reduce congestion and improve air quality are increasing,” said 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.”
About ABB bus chargers
- Easy to integrate into existing bus lines (inverted pantograph enables use of a low-cost and low weight interface on roof of the bus)
- Modular design offering charging power of 150 kW, 300 kW or 450 kW
- ABB’s proven suite of connectivity features enables maximum availability, high uptime and fast service response
- Based on IEC 61851-23, the international standard for fast charging of electric vehicles ensuring the appropriate safety systems are in place, the electrical design is in accordance with regulations, and the systems architecture and working principle are supported by a wider automotive community in the future
About Volvo hybrids 7900 Electric buses
- Can be powered by electricity for up to 70% of operating time
- Quiet and exhaust-free when running on electricity
- 60% lower energy consumption* than a corresponding diesel bus
- 75 to 90% lower emissions of carbon dioxide* compared with a conventional diesel bus, depending on the fuel used
- Equipped with an electric motor, batteries and a small diesel engine
- The batteries are recharged at the route’s end stations in between 4-6 minutes
Source: Volvo New