Volvo 7900

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Volvo 7900
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Overview
Manufacturer Volvo
Production 2011–present
Assembly Wrocław, Poland
Body and chassis
Class Complete bus
Body style Single-decker rigid bus
Single-decker articulated bus
Doors 1, 2, 3 or 4
Floor type Low floor
Chassis Volvo B5LH, Volvo B9L, Volvo B9LA
Powertrain
Engine Volvo D5F, D5K, D9B, G9B
Capacity 40 to 68 seated
Transmission Volvo I-Shift 12 speed
Dimensions
Length 10.6, 12.0, 18.0 metres
Width 2.55 metres
Height 3.04 metres
Chronology
Predecessor Volvo 7700

The Volvo 7900 is an integrally-constructed single-decker rigid bus and single-decker articulated bus, most commonly available as a hybrid electric bus named Volvo 7900 Hybrid or just Volvo 7900H, but is also available with both diesel and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engines in some markets. It is manufactured at Volvo's plant in Poland. It was introduced at Busworld Kortrijk 2011.[1] On the basis of the Volvo 7900 Hybrid an extension is offered, which i.a. includes a roof-mounted device for occasional loading at stops. The manufacturer assumes that all buses at all end stations and also at some particularly busy stations stay a few minutes until the return or onward journey. As soon as a bus reaches an appropriately equipped stop, a loading unit attached to a pillar at the roadside lowers onto the coupling point mounted on the roof of the bus. The charging process ends as soon as the bus wants to continue or the battery is full. According to the manufacturer, this equipment allows (in addition to the brake energy recuperation) compared to conventional hybrid buses significantly extending the travel time in electric mode and a reduction in fuel consumption. The vehicle and the charging system were first presented to the public in September 2014 at the International Motor Show.

In 2013, a tri-axle articulated hybrid electric was introduced as the Volvo 7900A Hybrid.[2]

In September 2014, an electric plug-in hybrid version was unveiled.[3][4] Three prototypes were operated in Gothenburg with pre-production examples to be trialled in Hamburg, Luxembourg and Stockholm.[5] Production is set to commence in 2016.[6]

In June 2015, an all-electric version, the Volvo 7900e, premiered when three prototype buses entered service in Gothenburg. Series production began in 2017.[7][8] In September 2017, a Volvo 7900e demonstrator vehicle (LF67 EVV) entered service with First Greater Manchester. The Harrogate Bus Company subsequently placed the first firm order for the 7900e, with eight examples due to enter service in 2018.[9]

Operators

In Norway, Boreal Transport have operated one hybrid bus in Stavanger since 2012. In July 2013, Nettbuss took delivery of six diesels for Kongsberg and in October 2013, 17 hybrid buses for Oslo.[10][11][12] In July 2014, Nettbuss received 27 further hybrids for use in Drammen.

In the United Kingdom, where only the hybrid version option is available, Lothian Buses operate a fleet of fifty, First Berkshire & The Thames Valley has fifteen and First Essex has nineteen.[13][14][15]

In Hungary, Volánbusz of Budapest operated 89 articulated 7900s.[16][17]

In Estonia, "Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS" of Tallinn operate a fleet of 24 7900 Hybrid since December 2015.[18]

In Lithuania, "Vilniaus viešasis transportas" operates a single bus in Vilnius since June 1, 2017, as part of a trial to test buses by different manufacturers.[19]

In Belgium, Brussels based operator, STIB operate, as part of a test, from 31 july 2017 to mi-september 2017 one 7900 Hybrid on route 64.[20] Since 30 october 2017, the STIB operate one 7900 A Hybrid on route 66.[21] In Namur, the SRWT operate 11 Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid since early 2017.[22] The fleet number of the buses in Namur is 4960 to 4970.

In Singapore, Singapore's Land Transport Authority is due to bring in 50 buses for S$30 million. It's slated to be rolled out gradually for service by the second half of 2018.[23][24]

In December 2014, the transport company Hamburger Hochbahn put the first buses of this type into operation on the Innovation Line 109.

References

  1. ^ Ny hybridbuss från Volvo Bussmagasinet.se 29 August 2011
  2. ^ Volvo to introduce hybrid articulated buses Volvo 23 April 2013
  3. ^ Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid Coming Clean Technica 29 August 2014
  4. ^ Volvo introduces completely new electric hybrid one: The Volvo 7900 Hybrid Electric Volvo Germany 19 September 2014
  5. ^ Volvo to launch noiseless electric buses in Gothernburg Coach & Bus Week issue 1093 26 June 2013
  6. ^ "Volvo ready to build 'plug in' hybrids" Buses issue 715 October 2014 page 16
  7. ^ Electric bus route 55 launched in Gothenburg, Sweden Volvo Buses 15 June 2015
  8. ^ Volvo’s first electric bus now on the roads of Gothenburg Volvo Buses 7 May 2015
  9. ^ https://cleantechnica.com/2017/02/07/harrogate-bus-company-uk-orders-8-electric-volvo-buses/
  10. ^ Nettbuss in Oslo, Norway buys 17 hybrid buses from Volvo Buses Automotive World 7 October 2013
  11. ^ Nettbuss buys 17 Volvo hybrid buses Bus & Truck 13 October 2013
  12. ^ Hybrid expansion at Nettbuss Bus & Coach Professional 23 October 2013
  13. ^ New buses hitting the streets of Edinburgh Lothian Buses 21 July 2014
  14. ^ More hybrid buses for the Heathrow 7-series network FirstGroup 5 February 2014
  15. ^ Low carbon buses part-funded through the Green Bus fund UK Government
  16. ^ Bohus, Dávid (6 April 2018). "Hibridek a végeken" (in Hungarian). iho.hu. Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  17. ^ "Hungary, Volánbusz Zrt., Volvo 7900A". Vehicles List. Fotobus. Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  18. ^ "24 Volvo hübriidbussi alustavad Tallinna linnas tööd" (in Estonian). autoleht.ee. December 16, 2015. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  19. ^ "Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė - Vilniaus gatvėmis riedės hibridinis "Volvo" autobusas". Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  20. ^ "Bus Volvo 7900 hybrid on STIB's route 64 in Brussels". Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  21. ^ "Bus Volvo 7900A hybrid on STIB's route 66 in Brussels". Retrieved 2017-11-01. 
  22. ^ "Bus Volvo 7900 Hybrid TEC in Namur - photo 913". www.lesrails.com. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  23. ^ "LTA to roll out 50 diesel hybrid buses by second half of 2018". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  24. ^ "Breakthrough order of 50 Volvo hybrid buses to Singapore | Volvo Buses". Retrieved 2017-10-18. 

External links

  • 7900 Specifications Volvo Buses
  • 7900 Articulated Specifications Volvo Buses
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