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Volvo plug-in hybrid buses start trials on Swedish streets

Volvo Bus has revealed that its new plug-in hybrid buses will begin field tests in Gothenburg, Sweden this month (May 2013).

Volvo plug in hybrid buses start trials on Swedish streetsThese hybrids are based on the Volvo 7900 Hybrid. They enable recharging from electricity grids via a collector installed on the roof.

The installation of a larger battery pack also makes it possible to drive up to 7km at a time on electric power-only. The batteries are charged at the bus terminus for between six and 10 minutes.

Having sold more than 1,000 standard hybrid vehicles, the company is exploring other ways of using the technology that will, it believes, reduce diesel consumption by 75%, compared with conventional bus drivelines.

“In recent years, sales of Volvo hybrid buses have tripled for each year and we believe the market for electro-mobility will continue to expand rapidly,” states Håkan Karlsson, president of Volvo Bus.



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