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Route 55: The first almost zero emissions bus line
In Gothenburg, Sweden, the first route of electric and hybrid zero emissions buses powered by 100% renewable energy and zero now in service.
3 electric buses and 7 hybrid buses will be part of the fleet of public transport of the city of Gothenburg. These vehicles will be serving Route 55 and will be powered by electricity generated from renewable energy, especially wind power and hydropower.
The fleet of buses crossing some areas of the city centre, more specifically the University and Science Park districts, stretching from Chalmersplatsen to Lindelholmen, will be silent and made by zero emissions vehicles.
All the buses are produced by Volvo, which has been working for years on the electrification of its models, especially those employed for public transported, as Niklas Gustafsson, Chief Sustainability Officer of Volvo Group, stated: “The Volvo Group aims to be the world leader in sustainable transport solutions. A unique collaboration in Gothenburg enables us to launch the electric bus route here and remain a leader in the development of future public transport.”
Route 55, whose buses will be also equipped with WiFi and phone charging facilities, belongs to a larger project called ElectriCity, which will see the cooperation of several parties, including public administrations, universities, research organisations and private automotive groups.
ElectriCity and route 55 are concrete proof of how Gothenburg is being developed into a denser, more sustainable and open city with attractive public spaces and a rich urban life. The project also demonstrates our ambition and strategy to attract expertise and investment that help reduce environmental impact and develop collaboration between authorities, industry and academia,” said Anneli Hulthén Chair of the City Executive in Gothenburg.
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