The two companies have been working together since 2012 within the field of electromobility, and have now strengthened the cooperation further. One objective is to develop a standard for charging infrastructure in order to facilitate for cities to transfer to electrified bus systems.
"We are very pleased to partner with one of the world's largest technology companies, which shares our vision of electromobility. The agreement enables us to seize new business opportunities and support the cities in the shift to sustainable and cost-efficient public transportation systems," said Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Bus Corporation.
"Electrified buses are an essential part of sustainable urban public transportation. Siemens and Volvo bring in both technology and experience to shape this trend," said Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Mobility Division.
Volvo Buses and Siemens have already delivered a complete city mobility solution consisting of three Volvo electric hybrid buses and four charging stations to the German city of Hamburg, where the buses operate on the city's new Innovation route. During 2015, full electric buses, electric hybrids and charging infrastructure will be delivered to the Swedish cities of Gothenburg and Stockholm.
The charging infrastructure supplied by Siemens includes the charging station, auxiliary equipment, cabling, civil works, installation, commissioning and maintenance.
A one-year field test in Gothenburg, Sweden, has shown that the Volvo Electric Hybrid bus enables the reduction of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide by up to 75%, compared with Euro 6 diesel buses. Total energy consumption is reduced by 60%. The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus runs in electric mode on average 70% of the route, silent and emission-free. Charging at end stations takes up to 6 minutes.