Harrogate Bus Co. orders eight buses with Oppcharge system for delivery in 2018
The Harrogate Bus Company, owned by Transdev Blazefield, has signed a deal for eight Volvo electric buses which will enter service in 2018. The vehicles will operate in Harrogate, 90 km northeast of Manchester. The project was unveiled at a February 3 event, following a display of the company’s Gothenburg bus system.
The project will be the first of its kind in the UK, introducing electric vehicles using ‘opportunity charging’ via the common interface OppCharge. The system allows charging stations to be used by electrified buses from other vehicle manufacturers, at charging powers of 150 kW or 450 kW.
OppCharge is now starting to be used as a common interface in more than 12 countries. Opportunity charging takes place via a specialist overhead mast, which connects to the bus via a pantograph. Charging is fully automated and takes between three and six minutes to complete. The 7900E is an all-electric, two-axle 12-metre long city bus with low floor and three doors, which the company says offers 80% lower energy consumption than the corresponding diesel bus.
“It is extremely gratifying that Volvo’s first full electric buses will enter into service in the UK next year. The UK is one of our biggest markets for our electromobility program and we are excited about working together with Transdev Blazefield to make Harrogate a UK leader in clean, green public transport,” said Volvo Buses president Håkan Agnevall.
The project has been partly funded by the UK Government’s Low Emission Bus Scheme (GBP2.25 million).