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ElectriCity's results lead the way forward

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Fully electrified bus traffic on several routes in Gothenburg, procurements of a record number of electric buses, indoor bus stops and countless tests. But also a broader scope focusing on, among other things, the electrification of commuter ferries and construction sites, air quality studies and urban planning. These are some of the results that the ElectriCity collaboration has produced. Here you can read more about our progress and how we are using our experiences in the continued work on more electrification for a sustainable society.

Since the ElectriCity collaboration was founded in 2015, much has happened. What began in tests of electrified bus traffic on a limited scale within a demo arena has developed into fully electrified bus lines and Europe's largest procurement of electric buses. At the same time, the number of partners has increased, with ABB and Transdev being the latest additions. But not least, the number of demo arenas has increased, just like our efforts on developing more initiatives connected to the cleaner and quieter electrification.

Important results and ongoing activities

  • Route 55: The operation of the demonstration arena has been extended and new buses are being tested on the route.
  • Route EL16: New fully electric high-capacity buses for extra services on route 16.
  • Fast charging stations with a high power output for routes with high levels of traffic.
  • New indoor and outdoor test bus stops designed for the quieter and cleaner electric buses.
  • More satisfied passengers and drivers due to the electrified buses.
  • Functioning geofencing/zone management for route 55 and route EL16.
  • A digital platform where initial ideas for products and services have been developed.
  • A marine demonstration arena for testing the electric operation of commuter ferries is under development.

Spin-off-effects and indirect results

In addition to the results listed above, ElectriCity has also paved the way for new cooperations, tender processes and further research. Among other things, major tenders have been held for more electric buses in Gothenburg. Some other examples include cooperative projects relating to the standardisation of buses’ IT systems, research projects on noise and air quality measurements along electric bus routes and tests of a new steering system (Volvo Dynamic Steering) on route 55. The impact that electrified transport systems can have in a city has also been demonstrated and has led to new discussions about urban planning.

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