Volvo 7900 Electric: Extended Range, More Charging Options

The updated all-electric city bus gets a choice of 150, 200 and 250 kWh battery capacity. 

Volvo 7900 low-floor electric

Volvo Buses has unveiled the new, updated version of its pure-electric bus 7900 Electric with improved driving range and multiple charging options. The latest revision in its functionality is expected to offer more flexibility to its operators, thereby expanding its reach in the market.  The e-bus is being launched in the international market, with its public premiere scheduled at the Busworld International fair in Kortrijk, Belgium, on 20 to 25 October.

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Of the latest updates to the 7900 Electric, two improvements are certainly noteworthy. First is the extended battery capacity of 150, 200 or 250 kWh, pushing up the operating range up to 200 kms on full charge depending on the route and driving conditions. This is a great news for the city transport operators, the electric bus can clock longer distances between charges, offering effective usage of the bus throughout the day.

The second development is the fast-charging option, via `OppCharge´ charging interface that allows high-power charging through physical conduction. The multiple-partner sponsored charging infrastructure for electric buses involving pole-mounted pantograph is gaining momentum in Europe, the new Volvo 7900 Electric is compatible for the same. Opportunity charging is much more cost-efficient than overnight charging, says Volvo.

Further, the standard Combined Charging System (CCS) via cable sourcing power from the main grid is also available in the electric bus. It is best suited for recharging at depots. Volvo says that the multiple battery-charging options offers greater flexibility in the way the e-bus can be operated and recharged.

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The 7900 Electric shares reliable and lightweight body construction and other technologies with the other hybrid and electric-hybrid buses in the 7900 platform. The low-floor, 12-metre city, 3-door bus offers silent and emission-free running, while also offering superior ergonomics and comfort to the passengers. It assures over 80 percent lower energy consumption than its diesel-run siblings, according to the company.

Volvo is also offering class-cutting technologies as optional in the 7900 Electric, including the intelligent Zone Management system, Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) and the Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection Warning safety feature.

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Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Editorial consultant (Automotive and Technology), academic, and blogger based in India. He can be reached at

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