Acknowledging a strong pull for electromobility and different types of autonomous solutions, Volvo Buses drew attention for their technological prowess. In-line with the theme at Busworld, ‘Create your zero city,’ the buses underlined the transition to sustainable public transportation solutions.

The crowd puller among the buses that Volvo displayed was the electrically powered articulated 18-metre Volvo 7900 bus. Offering a passenger-carrying capacity of 150, the bus features a new driveline and a next-generation battery. The two ensure 80 per cent less energy consumption compared to a diesel bus. Promising low total cost of ownership for operators, the bus is powered by two electric motors (200 kW each) mated to a two-speed AMT unit. Drawing power from 200 kW lithium-ion battery (250 kW is optional) with automatic temperature control, the 7900 articulated bus is one of the finest yet to come out of the Swedish bus makers stable. To take care of the charging infrastructure, Volvo Buses has developed ‘OppCharge’ quick-charging stations to be deployed along the line routes. Containing industry-standard open charging interface, which is expected to ensure maximum efficiency in the operation of all-electric articulated buses, Volvo Buses worked with ABB. It, in fact, displayed the ABB Tera 54 charging station equipped with integrated connected services at the show. The ABB Tera enables remote monitoring, diagnostics, statistics and software upgrades. It also enables integration with back-offices and smart grid energy systems.

Displaying the new 15-metre version of the 9700 long-distance coach alongside the ‘Grand Award Coach winner’ 9900, Volvo Buses provided a good glimpse of future transportation in the wake of rising urbanisation and climate change. The company, despite focusing on future technologies like electrification, hybridisation and alternative fuels like biodiesel, it made it clear that it will continue to fine-tune diesel-powered buses. It also announced that it will continue to drive new technologies and automation to ensure safety, security, comfort and sustenance. Automated technologies such as geofencing, enables the establishment of security zones.

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