ABB, in partnership with Volvo Bus and Birmingham Airport have launched a new environmentally friendly passenger transport alternative that will feature on-site at their airport. Beginning officially in November 2019, it will be available to the airport’s 13 million passengers as well as retail staff and airline crew. The service will introduce 6 Volvo 7900e fully electric buses, with low emissions single-deck services.
Due to the service being extremely frequent and in high demand, the vehicles will be recharged en route using the ’OppCharge’ opportunity charging system from ABB. The full charging process will take 2 to 6 minutes providing flexibility and enabling continuous operation for the electric buses without having to spend time in the depot being ‘topped up’ with power.
“As a global leader in EV charging solutions, we are proud to be partnering with Volvo and Birmingham Airport to bring sustainable transport to this busy UK hub”, commented Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for EV Charging Infrastructure.
“This project marks a significant step in an ongoing partnership between ABB and Volvo, which has seen our companies work side by side since 2014 on co-developing electric bus solutions for improved urban mobility. We are delighted to be involved in delivering such a landmark transport solution for the Midlands and look forward to welcoming passengers to experience the benefits of e-mobility when the service launches later this year.”
Nick Barton, CEO at Birmingham Airport said: “This partnership is a key milestone for us. We are always investigating new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon emissions and through the partnership with Volvo Bus UK, we can do just this.
“We have made significant customer service improvements across the airport to increase capacity and improve passenger experience, with the vision of positioning Birmingham as Europe’s leading Airport. The electric buses form part of this vision, not to mention the sustainability benefits being ultra-low emission.
ABB are the world leaders in electric vehicle infrastructure, offering a full range of charging solutions for electric; cars and hybrid buses while also providing electrification solutions for ships and railways. The company entered the EV-charging market back in 2010, and today they are installing 10,500 fast chargers across 73 countries, more fast chargers than any other manufacturer.
Nick Page, Managing Director of Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, added: “It is very exciting that the 7900e has been chosen for Birmingham Airport in support of its ambition to provide the best possible environmentally friendly bus service for airport customers and stakeholders alike.”
“Over the last 15 months the 7900e has undertaken a UK wide demonstration tour where it has shown the contribution that can now be made to improving air quality in the areas where it has been in service. We are confident the 7900e and accompanying technologies will help Birmingham Airport to achieve its goals.“