Five electric Volvo buses have started regular operation with Arriva in the city of Leiden, the Netherlands as part of an order for 23 full-electric buses.
By August, Leiden will have a completely electrified city bus system.
“We are delighted to have established our first electric bus system in the Netherlands in cooperation with Arriva,” says Bas Dubois, director, Volvo Buses Benelux. “The start of operation has been smooth and this new system is now up and running reliably. This shows the close partnership between Volvo, ABB and Arriva, in which we all work together as one party to get people moving silently and clean through the city of Leiden.”
Martijn van de Weijer, regional director west, Arriva Netherlands, adds: “Arriva wants to play a pioneering role in the field of sustainability and energy transition. That is why we already started using electric buses in 2010 as one of the first public transport providers in the city of Den Bosch. We are now implementing electric buses in more regions, including now with Volvo in the city of Leiden.”
The full electric buses are sold as a complete turnkey package where Volvo takes care of all vehicle maintenance at a fixed monthly cost. The buses will be fast-charged using four charging stations using the OppCharge open interface.