Arriva is a leader in implementing alternative propulsion tech. It functions and operates throughout many European countries. The order is one of the biggest in the short history of this bus. Deliveries are estimated between Q1 and Q3 in 2019.
The new Volvo 7900 electric version was revealed in June 2015. The bus was premiered when three prototypes entered the service in Gothenburg. The series production began in 2017. The electric bus has no significant difference from its base model with a hybrid or diesel engine in the context of design or interior space.
The Volvo 7900 electric bus is powered by 4 high capacity 19 kWh lithium-ion batteries, which are water cooled using an active electronic system. The electric motor has a power output of 160 kW and max torque of 400 Nm.
There will be four fast-charging stations from ABB built in the Netherlands. They will use the open interface, OppCharge, that will allow buses from other manufacturers to access it. Volvo has succeeded in achieving an 80% efficiency in these buses.
Volvo is in charge of all vehicle maintenance. Until now, the company has sold 4,000 electric versions, and they are on a daily service in Sweden, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Poland, and now, the Netherlands.
Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses, said: “We are delighted to establish our first large-scale system of fully electric buses in the Netherlands in cooperation with Arriva, a pioneer in sustainable city transportation. The order is yet another example where also smaller cities are shifting to sustainable, electric bus systems as a means of solving the problems with air quality and noise in the city.”
Anne Hettinga, CEO of Arriva in the Netherlands: “This is a big step in making public transport more sustainable in the province of Zuid-Holland. With shared sustainability ambitions, the province of Zuid-Holland, Arriva and Volvo are able to make the public transport of a complete city emission-free in one go.”