Electric Optares to go into operation in Sweden
Three Optare Solo EVs are going to operate through the centre of Karlstad in Sweden. The electric buses are powered by green electricity generated by Karlstad energy and operated by Karlstadsbuss
“Karlstad is one of the first cities in Sweden and Europe to focus on pure electric buses,” says Peter Kullgren, chairman of Karlstad city planning. “The initiative is an important step towards a sustainable Karlstad.”
Mattias Bergh, head of Karlstadsbuss adds: “As more people choose public transport, we saw a need to acquire more buses. As the larger gas-fuelled buses were needed on the heavier lines, we saw an opportunity to use smaller buses on the centre lines. Electric technology proved to be a viable and competitive alternative.”
The 9.2m Optare Solo EV has 25 seats and a wheelchair bay located at the wide front door. All passengers board the bus through the front doors.
The buses will be charged overnight plus a 15-minute fast charge during driver breaks every two hours. The fast charging means the bus can meet the service requirements including powering the information systems, according to Karlstadsbuss. The fast charging station is currently under construction and is expected to be completed during July. The new electric buses will be phased into operation during the summer.