The Volvo Ocean Race Marks the Launch of New Electric-Powered Buses in Gothenburg

The Volvo Ocean Race passed through Gothenburg earlier this month. Volvo and Västtrafik marked the occasion by launching “ElectriCity 2.0.”, delivering two fully powered, 100% electric buses to the Swedish city.

The aim was to transport visitors between Nordstan and the Frihamnen event arena during the race. From June 25th, the new buses are being tested on regular Västtrafik routes. The ElectriCity project is a playground for a fully connected, digital society with new solutions within public transport. The vehicles are therefore equipped with fast, high-performance Wi-Fi that enabled passengers to get the most out of their journey. Official partners of the ElectriCity program include Volvo, Västtrafik, Chalmers University of Technology, Ericsson and Keolis.

Ulrika Frick (MP), Chairperson of the Västra Götaland Region Public Transport Board said: “With the first two fully powered buses, we take another important step towards a much quieter and pollution-free public transport in Gothenburg and Western Sweden.”

This technology has clear environmental benefits. The new vehicles are powered by electricity obtained from wind and hydro power, significantly reducing their carbon footprint when compared to typical diesel buses. The project also contributes to safer and more comfortable travel for those onboard as the electric busses are programmed to accelerate/brake gently when pulling off and stopping.

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