ElectriCity, a partnership founded with the aim of developing and deploying sustainable transport solutions, has been awarded first prize in the “Operational and Technical Excellence” category at the UITP Awards 2017. ElectriCity operates a fleet of silent, emission-free electric buses connecting two Chalmers University of Technology campuses in Gothenburg, Sweden, and has served more than 1.5 million passengers along the number 55 route since 2015.
The buses are charged with renewable electricity generated from wind and hydropower sources and consume approximately 80% less energy than diesel-powered equivalents. Designed to appeal to tech-conscious travellers, ElectriCity vehicles are also installed with onboard Wi-Fi and feature power sockets for passengers to charge their laptops and smart devices, increasing productivity while on the move.
Awarding the prize to Volvo Buses and transit operator Västtrafik, two of the main partners in ElectriCity, the UITP committee stated: “This project successfully integrates all elements of modern bus-based mobility solutions and points to the future of bus services worldwide. Its innovative technology is deployed in real operation conditions and it is perfectly integrated in the public transport system.”