Operator TEC orders electric bus system for Namur

26 February 2016  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The Belgium city of Namur will receive an electric bus system following a contract agreement between public transport authority and operator TEC and Volvo.

Operator TEC orders electric bus system for Namur

Volvo has received an order to supply 11 electric hybrid buses and 2 electric bus chargers to the city of Namur in Belgium. The chargers will be supplied by technology company ABB. This is the largest order to date for the company’s electric bus system.

TEC buys the bus system as a turn-key solution. This means that Volvo takes full responsibility for vehicle servicing, battery maintenance as well as maintenance of the standard-based charging stations for a fixed monthly cost. Delivery has been planned towards the end of 2016.

Batteries of the electric bus can be recharged at end terminals in a few minutes

Volvo’s 7900 Electric Hybrid operates quietly and free of emissions on renewable electricity for approximately seven kilometres. The batteries are fast-charged in just a few minutes at the end stops and also by energy generated whenever the vehicle brakes. The buses also feature a small diesel engine to increase reach and flexibility.

Operator TEC orders electric bus system for Namur

Image: ABB

Commenting on the order, Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses, said: “Electric bus systems is a cost-efficient solutions for cities to reduce the problems of poor air quality and noise. Together with ABB, Volvo has a complete and competitive offer for cities around the world that want to switch to a sustainable public transport system.”

Vincent Peremans, CEO TEC Group, added: “Every year the TEC Group transport more than 250 million passengers. Our social responsibility lies in developing transport solutions that are sustainable.  This is done especially by improving the energy performance of our vehicle fleet. The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid meets our ambition.  Thanks to its silent operation the quality of life for the citizens of Namur will be improved.”

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