We’ve seen quite the rush of low carbon bus news come out of Europe of late. The United Kingdom investing heavily in green bus purchasing. A new wireless charging electric bus pilot in Switzerland. Hydrogen fuel cell bus deployment by Mercedes-Benz in Germany. Now we take a look at the city of Gothenburg in Sweden, where Volvo is involved in the launch of an “ultramodern bus service” that’s all-electric and, bonus, powered by a renewable source of energy.
Volvo said this new bus service, which should be up and running by 2015, will run between Johanneberg Science Park adjacent to Chalmers and Lindholmen Science Park in Hisingen. It is being done in collaboration between Volvo, the city of Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi, Västtrafik, Lindholmen Science Park and Johanneberg Science Park.
Plans call for the buses to be “fuel-efficient, silent and completely emissions-free. Passengers onboard will have access to new technologies and at least one of the bus stops will be located indoors.” It is also envisioned this this new bus service will open up new possibilities in city and urban planning, which will help Gothenburg to reduce its climate impact to become a climate-neutral city.
There’s little more in details on this project, known as ElectriCity, at this point apart from the understanding that those involved will also focus on the creation and trial runs of new bus-stop solutions, traffic-routing systems, safety concepts, energy supply and business models.
“This represents an entirely new mode of travel and will allow for the public-transport system to contribute to a more pleasant urban environment,” said Olof Persson, President and CEO of Volvo, in a statement. “A silent and emissions-free public-transport system will enable the inclusion of locations in the city that are currently off limits. It is immensely satisfying to be able to launch this in our hometown.”