A total of 82 Volvo 7900 electric buses will be delivered to three locations in Finland. Sixty-one of the buses are destined for Helsinki and represent the largest-ever order for Volvo Buses in Finland. Two further orders include 13 electric buses for Joensuu and eight for the city of Savonlinna in the east of the country.
“We are delighted that within a short period of time have confirmed three electric orders in Finland,” says Anna Westerberg, president, Volvo Buses. “We are especially pleased with the largest order for Helsinki, where we are now establishing a strong foothold for our complete electromobility solutions.”
In Helsinki, 19 of the Volvo 7900 Electric buses, which will be articulated, will be charged at the end stop on the route with a pantograph, while the other 42 buses will use overnight charging at the depots.
The city of Savonlinna is one of the first in Finland to demand full electric buses. The delivery of eight Volvo 7900 Electric for start of operations in early 2023 will be the city’s first electric buses.
“We fully support the city of Savonlinna as it takes its first steps towards electrifying its public transport. As more and more cities around the world aim to become Zero Cities, these orders show that Volvo Buses is in a strong position to support the same transformation in Finland,” adds Petteri Reku, Volvo Buses country manager, Finland.
The buses for Joensuu will start operating in the summer, while those being delivered to Helsinki will start operating this autumn.