Volvo to supply four electric buses to Luxembourg
Volvo has won an order for four Volvo 7900 Electric buses from public transport operator Sales-Lentz in Luxembourg. Sales-Lentz, one of the largest public transport operators in Luxembourg, was the first company to buy Volvo Hybrids in Europe in 2009, and it now runs 24 Volvo hybrids and 12 Volvo electric hybrids.
Th full electric buses will operate in the city of Differdange in south-western Luxembourg from the second quarter of 2017.
The buses are sold as a turn-key solution with Volvo responsible for vehicle servicing including battery maintenance for a fixed monthly cost.
“With this new efficient technology developed by Volvo, Sales-Lentz promotes the ambition of the city of Differdange to build a sustainable change for the transportation of persons and improve the quality of life for citizens,” says Wolfgang Schroeder, managing director, Sales-Lentz.
“Electric bus systems is a cost-efficient solution for cities to reduce the problems of poor air quality and noise. Emission-free, silent buses also open up entirely new possibilities for urban planning”, adds Håkan Agnevall, president, Volvo Buses.
The buses will use fast charging at the end of the route. To facilitate the introduction of electric bus systems in European cities, Volvo together with several other manufacturers of buses and infra structure agreed this spring to an open interface between electric buses and charging infrastructure. The system includes automatic contacting by a pantograph, wireless communication, contacting plates and infrastructure equipment.