Green energy is slowly becoming more and more important all over the world. Project designers everywhere have decided to pay more attention to protecting the environment. As such, buildings have become greener, mixed energy turbines have been invented and electric cars have slowly started gaining popularity. Moreover, in Gothenburg things are changing in the public transport domain as well. The city will soon introduce its first set of electric buses.
The buses made by Volvo were announced back in 2013. They will be introduced on a new route called route 55. This particular route will span the Lindholmen and Chalmers/Johanneberg areas of the city. It will be served by “three all-electric buses and seven electric-hybrid buses.” Route 55 is part of the ElectriCity scheme which seeks to evaluate the possibilities and reliability of sustainable public transport.The electric buses will use energy from renewable sources. Moreover, they will help decrease the air and noise pollution of the city.
All of Volvo’s electric buses are 10.7 m (35.1 ft) long and are able to carry up to 86 passengers. The driver’s seat is set in a central position in order to maximize capacity. Volvo explained their buses are meant to look modern and have an airy interior. They also come with power socketes and Wi-Fi. The design of the electric buses was also shaped by passengers. Their input regarding the access doors and the floor helped the company create their design.
“This marks a major milestone in our development of new solutions for electrified buses,” stated president of Volvo Buses Håkan Agnevall. “Quiet and entirely exhaust-free operation will contribute both to a better urban environment and reduced climate impact, while passengers get a more pleasant ride.”
The electric buses will start running on Route 55 starting with June 15. What do you think of this interesting idea?
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