Volvo Buses launches new global BZL Electric chassis

Volvo Buses has launched its new Volvo BZL Electric chassis for both single- and double-deck applications with multiple options for bodybuilders. 

The Volvo BZL Electric features a driveline developed by Volvo with a 200 kW electric motor coupled to a two-stage automated gearbox designed to increase wheel torque at low speed and even out peaks, thus reducing energy consumption and sustaining motor and battery health. The driveline can be configured as a single- or dual-motor unit with a power output of no less than 540hp.

The Volvo BZL Electric provides charging flexibility using hardware interfaces for both OppCharge high-power charging on route, as well as CCS charging at a depot. 

“We are committed to leading the transformation of our industry towards a more sustainable future,” says Anna Westerberg, president, Volvo Buses. “Our ambition is to offer the world’s most responsible electric bus systems. With the new Volvo BZL Electric we offer a global platform for clean, silent, and energy-efficient public transport to meet the rising demand on important markets that are ready for the shift to electromobility.” 

Volvo says it has also embraced the concept of the circular economy for its new electric chassis which has been developed to be more than 90 per cent recyclable.
“We have a lifecycle perspective and take responsibility for the environmental impact of our products, from the cradle to the grave,” adds Westerberg. “This means we ensure that materials, manufacturing, operation and recycling meet the highest environmental standards.” 

Dan Pettersson, head of international at Volvo Buses, says: “The new Volvo BZL Electric is based on proven and successful technologies already implemented in Europe. All the chassis and driveline components have been developed and manufactured by Volvo. To safeguard the premium qualities of our buses we partner up with selected bodybuilders around the world. 

“Through experience, we know that we need to work closely together with our customers and partners to be able to tailor electromobility solutions to each individual city. And through our worldwide service network and dedicated service teams, we can ensure the reliability and efficiency of our products and services even in the long-term perspective.”