36 Hybrid Volvo Buse Order for BERNMOBIL in Switzerland
Public transport operator BERNMOBIL has awarded Volvo Buses for the delivery of full hybrid articulated and solo buses. The single order of 36 self-charging hybrid electric buses is the largest of its kind for Volvo Buses in Switzerland. The Volvo 7900 S-Charge buses will be delivered from January 2022 to June 2022. The new Volvo S-Charge buses will significantly reduce noise and greenhouse gas emissions in the city and feature a full electric propulsion system, enabling the buses to travel for longer in zero emission mode. Intelligent zoning will manage the hybrid driving mode of the vehicles, providing the highest operational flexibility of the fleet and eliminate noise and emissions in pre-defined areas.
The Volvo 7900 S-Charge launched in 2020 and uses mature hybrid technology that has greatly improved in recent years. It requires no charging infrastructure, as the bus’s energy recovery system is used to charge the batteries during operation. The bus can run on electric energy alone for distances up to one kilometre and at speeds up to 50 km/h. This leads to significant fuel savings as well as reduced noise and CO2 emissions.
BERNMOBIL started the replacement of its diesel buses in 2006. Noise and greenhouse gas emissions have already been significantly reduced in the greater Bern area as a result. Fuel savings of more than 35% have also been realized with the existing Volvo Hybrid fleet in Bern.