World premiere of Volvo Buses
Volvo Buses launches a new electrically-powered articulated bus that can carry up to 150 passengers and with 80 per cent lower energy consumption compared to a corresponding diesel bus. With the Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated, Volvo Buses is making it attractive to electrify even high-frequency bus routes with large numbers of passengers. The new electrically powered articulated bus was unveiled for the first time to a wider public at the Busworld show in Brussels on October 18–23.
“Ten years ago we launched our first electrified bus. With today’s launch, we offer one of the market’s broadest and most modern ranges of hybrids and electrically-powered, quiet and emission-free buses. This gives both small and large cities new possibility for electrifying their public transport to match their particular conditions,” says Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.
With space for 150 passengers and energy consumption that is 80 per cent lower than for a corresponding diesel bus, the Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated combines high passenger capacity with low running costs. In order to meet the specific requirements of different cities and operators, the bus has a flexible construction and can be optimised to suit varying needs.
Volvo Buses can also take care of the entire project management, from route simulation and analysis to implementation of charging infrastructure.
The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated is available in two lengths, 18 and 18.7 m. The number of batteries can be varied to provide the exact energy storage capacity needed for each vehicle. Charging can take place either via quick-charge stations along the route (OppCharge) or via the main grid when the bus is parked in the depot (Combo2/CCS). From the performance viewpoint the Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated has been developed to provide first-class driveability even on demanding uphill gradients and it can handle a fully loaded start on a 20 degree uphill slope.
The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated has been designed to boost swift passenger movement and to give passengers a quiet and comfortable ride. The bus features four double doors, large uncluttered floor areas and ergonomically designed handrails and grab-handles, as well as Volvo-designed seats. The cab gives the driver a commanding view of surrounding traffic and a comfortable driving position. The low noise level reduces the risk of tiredness and distraction. A high-capacity climate unit ensures a pleasant temperature for passengers and driver alike. The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated can be equipped with Volvo Dynamic Steering, which significantly eases the driver’s work and reduces strain on the shoulders, arms and back.
The Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated is engineered to be able to be driven in defined zones with particularly strict demands concerning noise, exhaust emissions and speed, such as zero-emission zones in urban centres and indoor bus stops. In order to further enhance safety for unprotected road users, the bus can be equipped with Safety Zone
Management, which automatically prevents specified speed limits from being exceeded, and Pedestrian & Cyclist Detection System, which alerts the driver if there is a risk of collision with pedestrians or cyclists.
Volvo upgrades its full-hybrid buses – it can now drive longer and emission-free on electricity
Volvo’s hybrid buses have been upgraded. It can now drive silently and emission-free on electricity at higher speeds and cover longer distances than before. This creates new possibilities for operators to use hybrid buses even in zero-emission zones in city centres and other sensitive areas. The upgrade is available for Volvo Buses’ full range of new Euro 6 hybrid buses. The news was released at the Busworld show in Brussels.
“Since we introduced our first hybrid bus ten years ago, the technology has been continuously developed and refined. With today’s upgrade we are now taking yet another vital step towards expanding our customers’ possibility for harnessing the benefits of electric power while at the same time retaining the impressive flexibility offered by hybrid buses,” says Johnny Lidman, Product Manager for city buses at Volvo.
Opens the door to operating in zero-emission zones
Volvo’s hybrid buses can now be driven quietly, emission-free and energy-efficiently on electricity even before arriving at the bus stop, while at a standstill for boarding and exiting, and when leaving the bus stop. Electric propulsion can be used at speeds of up to 50 km/h, compared to the previous 20 km/h. Depending on the climate and the topography, the bus can run on electricity for up to one km at a time. The upgrade of the hybrid also includes Volvo’s system for geofencing, Volvo Zone Management, which makes it possible for the operator to program the bus so it automatically switches to electric propulsion within selected areas and has its speed regulated without active braking. The upgrade encompasses both Volvo’s new and existing Euro 6 hybrid buses.
VAN HOOL presents five vehicles equipped with Vision Systems’ Camera Monitoring System
Van Hool chose Vision Systems’ solution Smart-Vision to equip two coaches of the EX range and two of the TDX range exhibited at Busworld. This camera monitoring system is part of the many technological innovations integrated in Van Hool’s vehicles that reflect the company’s innovative strength.
Smart-Vision replaces the rear-view mirrors with high-definition cameras and interior displays to offer optimized visibility and enhanced ergonomics. Compared with standard rear-view mirrors, the interior displays eliminate glare and the automatic adjustment of the screens’ brightness ensures excellent visibility in all lighting conditions, at the entrance and exit of tunnels, night and day, in every weather and in any driving environment. In addition to eliminating lateral blind spots, the solution provides functions such as the suppression of the A pillar blind spot, parking and maneuvering aid, guidance assistance and security monitoring around the vehicle.
The EX range of VanHool takes into consideration the comfort and safety of the passengers in an environmentally and economically responsible manner while achieving efficiency and elegance. Vision Systems’ Smart-Vision is fully in line with these needs. The removal of the mirrors lowers wind resistance for improved aerodynamics, which reduces fuel consumption by around 5% and CO2 emissions. It also reduces maintenance costs and down time linked to mirror breakage and offers a very modern design.
As for the TX range and more specifically the TDX Astromega double deck coach, the top class comfort coach, the remit was to provide the driver with a level of comfort as high as that of the passengers. Vision Systems’ Smart-Vision responds to that expectation as it reduces the driver fatigue by offering extended visibility and more ergonomics.
Vision Systems is already refitting 22 Van Hool Exqui.City trambuses in Geneva (Switzerland) and will equip 33 new Exqui.City trambuses by mid 2020 for TPG, the local public transport operator in Geneva.
TEMSA has introduced new battery pack and five buses
The Maraton, HD, MD9, MD7 and Avenue Electron from the TEMSA bus spectrum were in the Busworld Europe. In the exhibition, Mr. Serkan Uzunay, CMO of TEMSA, gave a speech and introduced TEMSA’s new initiative TEMSA TECH while elaborating on their targets for the year of 2025. The Busworld Europe is one of the largest exhibitions of the bus industry in the world, where TEMSA presented its 5 vehicles and the new Battery Pack to the visitors coming from 33 different countries.
Expressing how thrilled they are to introduce the wide product range in the Busworld Europe exhibition, Mr. Uzunay said, “as a matter of fact this exhibition is the event where we announce the launch of a new era. In terms of innovation, the new TEMSA will be faster to innovate, more agile to response and more customer-centric than ever. From now on, we are going to transform into a tech company that produces buses rather than a bus manufacturer.”
TEMSA will offer electric vehicle in every segment until 2025.