Volvo Buses’ electromobility solutions to enable cities around the world to become more sustainable, have now reached Latin America with the testing of the Volvo 7900 Electric bus in Mexico City.
After successfully driving the development of electric public transport solutions throughout Europe, Volvo Buses is now extending its global reach to the Latin American market by testing the Volvo 7900 Electric bus in Mexico City. The bus is being tested on route 4 of the Mexico City Metrobús system. The fully electric unit is 12 metres long, features Volvo Buses’ characteristic technology and mitigates emissions and noise, contributing to the development of a more sustainable city.
“Electromobility is not just for the future – it is already here today. Demands and ambitions to reduce or minimise emissions and noise are driving this development swiftly forward. We are now happy that Mexico City is joining many other cities across the world to test and then hopefully later move to electrified public transport,” says Anna Westerberg, President of Volvo Buses.
“The electric solution will also create opportunities for urban development, as it is possible to bring quiet electric buses with no emissions closer to citizens, and even indoors,” says Rafael Kisel, Managing Director at Volvo Buses in Mexico.
Volvo Buses has been present in Mexico for more than 20 years. The company continues to provide the most innovative solutions in sustainable mobility in the country. The aim is to deliver its electromobility technology in line with the Zero City concept, with the ambition of zero emissions, zero congestion, zero accidents and zero noise.
Volvo Buses is an experienced and trusted partner for implementing urban electromobility solutions and systems, with a successful track record in several cities around the world, over the last ten years. The configuration of the Volvo 7900 Electric bus that is currently being tested on the Metrobús route is a result of the extensive experience that Volvo Buses has gained from implementing electromobility transport solutions and systems.
“We have established a proven work methodology, involving a holistic system perspective and partnership cooperation when implementing urban public electromobility transport solutions. Our methodology doesn’t just cover the vehicle itself – we address the entire system including charging infrastructure, batteries, optimisation, various services and connectivity, maintenance and training,” says Anna Westerberg.
The Volvo 7900 Electric bus being tested in Mexico City is powered by a 330 kW battery, and it is configured for night charging. The unit has a low floor, providing easy access for passengers and a more efficient operation. It also has universal access for people with disabilities, with space for a wheelchair and guide dog. The electric bus will be under trial for six months.