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All Denmark's City Buses will be All-Electric before Long - an Example for Hertfordshire to Follow

September 5, 2020 11:52 PM

Electric Bus ChargingIn July 2018, Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje, the public-transport provider in Aarhus, Jutland's largest town placed an order with Volvo for the supply, service and maintenance for four Volvo 7900 Electric buses. A year later in mid-August 2019 they entered traffic on the Aarhus Central Route 13 , covering 15 kilometres each way between the city centre and the suburb of Frydenlund. It is the very first time that all-electric buses operate in the city. Project Manager Gustav Friis stated, "This is a good first step towards a robust, emission-free mobility system in our town".

The buses are battery powered, low-floor vehicles and are rechargeable by means of an extendable overhead pantograph when underneath one of the charging gantries at one of the end-stations. The buses can also get an overnight recharge at the garage. Since the batteries hold enough charge for a 60 km journey, if a bus is behind schedule due to heavy traffic a charge-up can be missed and the bus can immediately turn around for the return trip.

Now, this year the six largest municipalities in Denmark have decided they will procure only electric city buses from 2021. To this end, the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Vejle and Frederiksberg have now signed a Climate Cooperation Agreement with the Danish Ministry of Transport.