Volvo Developing Plug-In Hybrid Bus
The concept is based on placing battery charging stations at the end stations of the bus lines. The company will test three buses in Gothenburg, Sweden, supported by the European Union.
Hakan Karlsson, CEO of Volvo Buses, said: â€œReducing the total global energy consumption is the most important measure today and in the future. The bus is already today clearly the most energy-efficient vehicle for public transport and our hybrid bus will accentuate its position as the best environmental option. But, we must continue to reduce energy consumption and for us in the bus industry, this involves finding solutions to increase electricity use.
"We expect to be able to reduce the energy consumption in a city bus by up to 65 percent compared with todayâ€™s diesel buses. And, the plug-in hybrid bus will be able to reduce diesel consumption and thus carbon-dioxide emissions by more than 75 percent."
The company expects to have a prototype bus ready for testing in 2011.
The field test project will be implemented in cooperation with Business Region Goteborg, the Traffic Office in GothenburgCity, Vasttrafik and Goteborgs Energi, which will commence in autumn 2012.
Ulf Gustafsson, head of public affairs at Volvo Buses, said: â€œIt is important to the environment that we are able to develop new energy-efficient solutions as rapidly as possible. We have the opportunity to succeed because we are capitalizing on the collective expertise of companies, organizations and authorities, and they are jointly investing the funds required.â€
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