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HOCHBAHN To Operate First Electric Hybrid Bus in December

Innovative Volvo bus to be deployed on service109. Zero emission in inner city traffic.

Officially launched only a few weeks at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show, the Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses has taken its maiden tour in Hamburg, where it will be deployed in December on the 109 service.

Reduced Fuel Consumption, Less Emissions

“I am very proud to launch this ground-breaking bus system. Electric-hybrid buses and full-electric buses are tomorrow’s solution for urban public transport. They will allow us to reduce energy consumption, air pollution, climate impact and noise, which are some of the biggest challenges facing large cities worldwide,” said Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Bus Corporation. The buses plug-in technology reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide by up to 75 per cent compared to a conventional diesel bus. Total energy consumption is reduced by 60 per cent. The noise level, an issue in many cities, is in the range of normal conversation level. In electric mode, the Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid is silent and emission-free.

Hamburg To Ban Buses With Emissions By 2020

After the buses maiden voyage, Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of the Economy, Transport, and Innovation, said: By introducing sustainable propulsion technologies, we pursue one of our key objectives – to only operate zero-emission buses by 2020.Electric buses make an important contribution to ensuring sustainable urban mobility, which increases our quality of life and takes care of resources while reducing pollution.”

Gertrud Sahler, Head of Division at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, said: “For some time, the HOCHBAHN has been testing a large number of hybrid buses. Now, the operation use of an advanced technology is about to start, which will allow to run buses emission-free over quite a distance. Fuel cell technology meet the needs of climate change by improving air quality and reducing noise pollution. The Federal Ministry for the Environment will there continue its support within the framework of the “Renewable mobile” programme.”

Quick Stop For Charging

The bus is charged quickly at charging stations via an overhead power connection. Recharging takes approximately six minutes at end stations. Michael Westhagemann, head of the Siemens office in Hamburg, said: “By building the first charging station for battery buses in Hamburg, we launched a new generation of transport by buses.” All power used by the electric bus terminal will be provided by the U3 underground station at Hauptbahnhof Süd. The new electric bus terminal at the Adenauer Allee is currently being prepared for the use of the new buses on the innovation line 109. In the final stage, to be reached in mid-2015, it will be able to accommodate twelve buses and refuel two with electricity by the charging poles placed there.

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Founded in 1911, Hamburger Hochbahn AH, short HOCHBAHN, transports more than 1.2 million passengers each day by its fleet of more than 210 underground trains and 720 buses. As largest of the 34 partners in the Hamburg Transport Association (HVV), HOCHBAHN serves more than 1,400 stations. 4,800 employees work at the HOCHBAHN around the clock. In the field of innovative drive technology, HOCHBAHN has been active for more than ten years. This year, the company will increase its fleet of innovative propulsion vehicles, i.e. fuel cell hybrid buses, hybrid diesel-electric buses, and electric hybrid buses to 70. The different types of buses with innovative drive technologies will be deployed on HOCHBAH’s so-called “innovation service 109” by December.

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