Volvo Buses wins order for 90 electric buses in Belgium

Volvo Buses has secured its largest order for complete solutions for electric bus traffic with Belgian cities Charleroi and Namur placing a joint order for 90 Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses and 12 charging stations. The purchaser is public transport company TEC Group and the charging stations will be delivered by ABB.

The order from TEC Group includes 55 buses for Charleroi and 35 buses for Namur. ABB will supply four charging stations to Charleroi and eight charging stations for Namur. Delivery and installation will get under way this autumn. 

After the delivery, the TEC Group will have ordered in total 101 Volvo electric hybrids and 15 ABB charging stations.

“The order is a new milestone in our electromobility drive and confirms the competitiveness of our offer,” says Volvo Buses president Håkan Agnevall. “We can see that more and more of the world’s cities are choosing electrified city bus traffic in order to deal with poor air quality and noise. The common interface for fast charging of buses and trucks, OppCharge, is gaining ground. The use by many suppliers of a common interface will facilitate the transition to electromobility in the world’s cities.”

TEC Group previously ordered 11 Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrids along with charging stations for Namur, a system that became operational in January this year. Once the 35 new buses take to the roads, 90 per cent of Namur’s public transport will be electrified.

“The TEC Group is very proud to be a leader in the increase of the energy efficiency of its fleet,” says CEO Vincent Peremans. “This strategic investment will participate in the improvement of the quality of life in the main city centres, and will allow the Walloon Region to achieve its environmental goals. The hybrid technology is the best compromise between the operational constraints and the energy efficiency for urban buses today.”

Volvo’s electric hybrids and ABB’s fast-charging systems are based on the OppCharge interface which can also be used by electrified buses from other vehicle manufacturers.

OppCharge is now being implemented as a common interface in more than 12 countries.