Four 7900 hybrids ordered as Värnamo aims for all-electric policy

Volvo Buses has won an order for four 7900 Electric Hybrid buses from the city of Värnamo in southern Sweden. With this move, all public transport in the city, which has a population of around 19,000, will be with electrified buses from autumn 2017, making Värnamo unique among all Swedish cities.

“It’s impressive and really gratifying that Värnamo has now decided to lead the way and create a sustainable public transport system based on our hybrid buses,” says Martin Spjern, key account manager Nordic at Volvo Buses. “Electrically-powered buses are the future for both large cities and small towns.

“Electrification of Värnamo’s bus services will contribute to more appealing public transport and a better urban environment, with less noise and better air quality. At the same time, the buses will operate more frequently and accessibility will improve, not least with construction of an all-new bus lane. The aim is to quadruple the number of journeys by public transport over a three-year period.”

Behnam Sharo, Värnamo city architect, adds: “With this move we are taking yet another step in the construction of tomorrow’s attractive city, with our sights firmly set on developing as a human-centric growth municipality with a population of 40,000 by 2035.”

The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid operates on electricity for about 70 per cent of its route, according to the manufacturer. Charging the batteries takes three to four minutes with the use of opportunity charging. Compared to a corresponding diesel-powered bus, the electric hybrid uses about 60 per cent less energy, Volvo claims. The buses operating in Värnamo will run on renewable electricity and renewable HVO fuel, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 90 per cent.

The four electric hybrid buses and their ABB charging station will be delivered as a turnkey solution, with Volvo assuming responsibility for maintenance of the buses and their batteries for a fixed monthly cost.