Volvo Buses is exhibiting its latest electro mobility solutions at the UITP world congress and exhibition in Montreal on May 14-17, 2017.
The visit of more than 50 members of the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings from India shows the strong interest of state road transport undertakings to embrace electro mobility in India.
With sales of 4,250 units of electrified buses , Volvo and its North American subsidiary Nova Bus have a world-leading position in the field of electromobility.
Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses, “As one of the largest manufacturers of buses and coaches in the world, we truly believe we can make a difference as pioneers of the global development of sustainable transports.”
So far, Volvo has sold more than 3,300 hybrids, electric hybrids and all-electric buses under its own brand.
Its subsidiary Nova Bus sold another 950 hybrid buses. Early this year Volvo witnessed its largest single order ever for electric hybrid buses, 90 units, for the cities of Namur and Charleroi in Belgium.
The most recent product development is a new, electrically powered 40 foot (12.2 m) bus – the Nova Bus LFSe – which is on display at UITP. The first three of these buses will soon enter operation in Montreal.
Just as with Volvo’s electric buses and electric hybrids, the batteries in the Nova Bus LFSe are rapid-charged with the help of a pantograph, via charging infrastructure installed in the bus roof. A charge of 3-6 minutes is sufficient for around 15 km of operation.
The charging station is based on the common interface – OppCharge – that Volvo has developed together with companies like Siemens and ABB, making it possible for electric buses of all makes to use the same charging station. The Volvo stand will also showcase an OppCharge station.
A delegation of over 50 members of the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU) is participating in UITP Montreal.
Ananda Rao, Executive Director, Association of State Road Transport Undertakings, ‘There is a consensus among all stakeholders that electro mobility is the future of public transport in India. Currently, policy makers are laying out a technological and financial roadmap for the sustainable adoption of electro mobility. Volvo’s global experience with electro mobility will certainly help accelerate India’s journey in this domain.”
The biennial UITP Global Public Transport Summit and Exhibition brings together diverse public transport stakeholders. The latest edition being organised in the Canadian city of Montreal from May 14-17, features 280 exhibitors from 40 countries. About 11,000 visitors are expected to attend the event.