Volvo Buses is now offering a ‘useable energy commitment’ as part of a business solution for electric bus operations. Under the commitment, Volvo Buses will guarantee capacity for an agreed amount of energy for the operation – throughout the contract period.
“Reliable operation has very little to do with maximising battery capacity, which is expensive and resource-intensive,” says Maria Wedenby, city mobility director, Volvo Buses. “Uptime is paramount in public transport, and standstills are costly, so from both business and sustainability points of view it’s better to optimise the capacity of the energy storage system. We have increased our useable energy capacity, helping cities to electrify more and longer routes in their transportation systems.”
Volvo Buses’ useable energy commitment requires an analysis of the traffic operation, undertaken jointly by Volvo and the operator. Climate, average speed, passenger load and charging strategy are parameters that determine the amount of energy that needs to be stored on board the bus.
Optimising energy storage is part of Volvo Buses’ ambition to build circular, sustainable systems for electrified public transport.
“For several years now we have been conducting full Life Cycle Assessments for our buses,” adds Wedenby. “They cover environmental impact, usage of materials and resources all the way from raw materials to re-use and recycling. Our useable energy commitment is a vital ingredient.
“In fact, our customers’ daily operations become part of a long-term sustainability work, when we together define and optimise the storage of energy needed for the operations. At Volvo Buses, we make sure this will continue to work – throughout the operational contract period. That’s the essence of our useable energy commitment.”