This year’s UITP congress was hosted by the agent and wonderful city of Milan. Milan has 7.5 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area and thus a multitude of public transport challenges. The requirements for preserving an antique city center in combination with the demand for swift public transport services poses many challenges.
The new generation of buses certainly made an impact. Sustainability is high on the agenda. Being clean is not enough anymore. Strong performance in energy efficiency, noise and CO2 footprint becomes important requirements for cities that build sustainability for the future.
Volvo presented for the first time in public the electric bus concept now running in the ElectriCity route in Gothenburg. The bus use opportunity charging facilitated by the rapid charging station. The concept enables virtually unlimited range and solution to challenging routes and is compatible with Electgric Hybrid buses and plug-in buses. The charging standard is open for any stake holder to use.
We are convinced that the new bus systems that Volvo has developed will meet the demands of cities that today struggle to balance a number of ostensibly contradictory requirements.
We welcome the electric bus to the Volvo family of Hybrid and Electric Hybrid buses.