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Volvo Buses receives order for 13 electric buses from Malmö in Sweden

Added by admin 30/06/17

Volvo Press Information - June 22, 2017

Bus operator Nobina has ordered 13 electric Volvo buses, which will operate in Malmö from the end of next year. This is the biggest single order so far for the Volvo 7900 Electric and marks one of the biggest drives for all-electric bus traffic in Sweden.

“It’s really gratifying that one of Malmö’s main routes will now be completely electrified with our quiet and exhaust-free electric buses. Electrically powered bus operations contribute to a far better environment for everyone who lives, travels or spends time in the city, and this is a trend we naturally want to boost,” says Jörgen Sjöstedt, head of Volvo Buses on the Nordic market. “It’s also highly significant that we are yet again delivering to Nobina, to whom we have been supplying buses for more than 80 years. Nobina is one of our most important partners.”

The new buses are of the Volvo 7900 Electric model. They use about 80 per cent less energy than corresponding diesel buses and will be powered by green electricity to minimise environmental and climate impact. The bus batteries will be charged at the route’s end stops, a process that takes between three and six minutes. The buses will run on route 7 in the city of Malmö, a distance of 14.7 km.

Volvo’s electric buses recently started operating in the city of Differdange in Luxemburg. In addition to the all-electric Volvo 7900 Electric, the Volvo Buses range of electrified vehicles encompasses hybrid buses and electric hybrid (plug-in hybrid) models. All told the company has sold more than 3500 electrified Volvo buses globally.

Volvo 7900 Electric

- Fully electrically powered, two-axle, 12 metre long city bus with low floor and three door openings.
- 80 % lower energy consumption than a corresponding diesel bus.
- Quiet, exhaust emission-free.
- Equipped with electric motor and lithium-ion batteries.
- The batteries are charged at the end bus stops in three to six minutes *.

*Charging time varies with topography, load and climate conditions.
                                                   Story and image courtesy: VOLVO


Panoz announces an endurance electric racer

Added by admin 16/06/17

Ben Coxworth - June 15, 2017

Its official name is the Green4U Panoz Racing GT-EV.
Panoz, the American sports car manufacturer that's a key player in the Nissan-backed DeltaWing project, recently partnered with parent company Green4U Technologies to develop a new electric race car. Known as the GT-EV, plans call for it to have a range of 90 to 110 miles (145 to 177 km) per battery pack and a top speed of 175 to 180 mph (282 to 290 km/h), allowing it to compete in long-distance endurance races.

The idea is that instead of doing a whole race on one battery pack, the car will periodically make pit stops to have freshly-charged packs swapped in. It should reportedly be possible to do so in about the same amount of time that it takes to refill a conventional race car's gas tank.

It will have a lightweight carbon fiber chassis, an off-center enclosed cockpit, active aerodynamic features that reduce drag on straightaways, and all-wheel-drive. The latter will be thanks to two motors – one powering the front wheels, and the other powering those in the rear. All four wheels will also feature regenerative braking, to help boost the car's range.

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                                                   Story and image courtesy: Panoz and NewAtlas


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