A bus route served entirely by emission-free electrical and electric-hybrid vehicles is being launched in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Buses for the route have been provided by Swedish manufacturer Volvo and will be powered solely by electricity generated by wind and hydropower sources.
Completely silent and emission-free, the buses will allow passengers to embark and disembark from indoor terminals – a major improvement in comfort given the cold Scandinavian climate. Passengers will also be able to charge their devices and access WiFi aboard the buses.
"The Volvo Group aims to be the world leader in sustainable transport solutions,” said Niklas Gustafsson, Chief Sustainability Officer of Volvo Group, which provided the three electrical and seven electric hybrid buses to serve on route 55, which runs through the centre of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city.
“A unique collaboration in Gothenburg enables us to launch the electric bus route here and remain a leader in the development of future public transport."
The project is a part of the ElectriCity initiative focused on the development and testing of sustainable public transport concepts. Researchers involved in the project also develop and test new bus stop systems, traffic management systems, safety concepts and energy supply systems.
"ElectriCity and route 55 are concrete proof of how Gothenburg is being developed into a denser, more sustainable and open city with attractive public spaces and a rich urban life,” said Anneli Hulthen, Chair of the City Executive in Gothenburg.
“The project also demonstrates our ambition and strategy to attract expertise and investment that help to reduce environmental impact and develop collaboration between authorities, industry and academia."