OTW Orders 64 Hybrid Volvo Buses for Belgium
Volvo Buses has received another major order for electrified buses from Belgian transport operator OTW. The order for 64 buses is the largest order for Volvo’s latest self-charging hybrid electric bus, the Volvo 7900 S-Charge. The buses will be delivered during the second half of 2021 for use in transport services in the regions of Liège, Charleroi, Brabant Wallon and Namur. The order for the 64 Volvo 7900 S-Charge is part of a larger framework agreement with OTW, including Volvo Buses and other partners. OTW plans to add a total of 430 12m hybrid buses to its vehicle fleet over the coming four years. Volvo Buses has as recently as 2018 supplied approximately 100 electric hybrid buses to OTW.
The Volvo 7900 S-Charge, launched in 2020, 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 and allows emissions and noise to be eliminated, for instance at bus stops and in urban low-emission zones.
The Volvo 7900 S-Charge buses for this order to OTW will be manufactured at Volvo Buses’ production facility in Wroclaw in Poland and will be ready for delivery in late 2021.