More than 80% lower fuel consumption with plug-in hybrids
In May 2013, a field test commenced with Volvo’s first plug-in hybrid buses in Gothenburg, Sweden. The bus’ battery is charged via the electricity network at the terminals and the bus can operate quietly and free from exhaust gases for approximately seven kilometers on electricity alone. Tests show that the fuel consumption and climate impact emissions from the plug-in buses were more than 80% lower than for conventional diesel buses. The total energy consumption (diesel and electricity) is more than 60% lower.