Volvo Bus launch the BZR Electric Chassis for the World

    By coincidence, St. Patrick’s weekend was the launch date for the new Volvo BZR electric chassis. Although not available until next year, Volvo has future proofed this chassis, they are confident it will be able to accommodate new developments on this platform into the future. 

    Using the new “World of Volvo” building in Gotenberg,Volvo presented the new BZR chassis as the foundation of all future bus development for the coming years. It is designed in to accommodate, commuter, inter-city and coach operations and will be available in right hand drive. on display at the launch event a tri axle was on display, but it will be available as a two axle bus.  the new design can also be used in a BRT operation.

    Volvo say customer is always king and safety will always be to the forefront of their activities, this has always been part of their DNA. However, a new word that is prevalent in their dictionary is sustainability. Not only is it a word they use at Volvo, it is a frame of mind, according to Domenico Bondi, Managing Director forVolvo Bus, UK & Ireland.  On that point Volvo not only focus on the bus for sustainability, but they are also focusing on suppliers and their own processes. Over half the steel used in their Swedish production is fossil free.Volvo Bus President, Anna Westerberg says that co-operation is the new leadership when it comes to achieving zero emissions. She says the world is facing some political and climate challenges, but they must be turned into opportunities. A new battery manufacturing facility will open next year near Gotenberg, which will be fossil free. In her address to the audience, she said “achieving zero emission will require, new strategies, a change of management style and above all, more co-operation between suppliers, manufacturers, and customers. Repurposing and re-cycling will become central to all our operations”. She concluded by saying that one third of all buses will be electric by the end of this decade, all new buses by 2040 would be fossil free and by 2050 it is expected that every vehicle would be fossil free by 2050. A hell of a target, but Volvo are on track and determined to play their part in achieving it.

    BZR Electric Coach & Low Entry Chassis

    Already Volvo operate electric buses in 25 countries. Ireland is a little behind the curve here built is not for a lack of product availability, more so our charging infrastructure, however this is improving. as the infrastructure improves, which it is at a faster pace than maybe we give ourselves credit for, the products will be readily available.

    Some of the features of the new Chassis

    • The BZR comes as a flexible platform, in high or low entry in two or three axle configuration.
    • It can have two or three motor driveline; the number of batteries can be adjusted to match the operation.
    • It is based on a common e-mobility architecture, with most components are interchangeable between truck and bus.
    • It is future proofed and, in the future, can be adapted for use in BRT operations and as a coach chassis.
    • Lengths of 9.5 to 15 metres are possible with a maximum weight of 27,000kg with equivalent of 540 hp.

    It is now a challenge for bodybuilders to enhance this chassis and use the Volvo architecture to it best advantage and make efficient use of the space that has been created. No doubt we will start to see the finished buses in the next year or so.

    World of Volvo

    Volvo launched the new chassis at the “World of Volvo” complex. A new event and conference canter in Gotenberg. It is a conference and event venue that also houses the Volvo museum. Here the heritage of the transport industry and Volvo products will be on display and open to the public. Its character reflects Swedish culture, and the complex will be officially opened in April.