Chapter 5: A success story

Chapter 5: A success story

Nettbuss Stadsbussarna operate nine lines in Östersund with a total of 30 yellow Scania buses. A key person in the electrical bus project is Håkan Olofsson, Traffic Planner and System Operator at the company.

Nettbuss is Scandinavia’s second largest bus company, with businesses in Norway and Sweden. In the autumn of 2017, the electric bus project started in Östersund, and in December that same year, the first timetable for electric bus traffic was created. In March 2018, the first electric buses from Scania were delivered and operated.

“This has been a very positive experience. Our employees believe that it has worked very well. The electric buses actually work better than our well-run diesel buses, even when it comes to torque, acceleration, stability, brakes and more”, he says.

Planning routes for electric buses instead of regular diesel buses puts other demands on Håkan Olofsson. Charging stations and charging time on the two ends of the bus line have an impact on timetables.

“Generally, the transition to electrical vehicles has been wonderful. Our drivers have been very interested in this project, they have embraced it and really want it to be success.”

Theoretical training for 100 drivers

When starting the new bus route, Scania held theoretical training for 100 drivers, as they all needed skills in operating electrical buses. When in regular service, appointed instructors from Nettbuss Stadsbussarna joined the first trips. If additional help was needed, Scania’s experts were available on site.

“We are positively surprised at how smooth the introduction of these new buses has worked, with this new technology. The first three buses have been in traffic for about 40 hours a day with temperatures ranging from minus 30 degrees Celsius in the winter – and more snow than ever – to 30 degrees Celsius in the summer.”

The Nettbuss’ city bus model is called Citywide LF 4×2 and is equipped with a 130-kW electric motor powered by 110 kWh lithium ion batteries. Additional vehicles will be launched in early 2019, which will have more powerful electric motors and even larger batteries.

Energy saving measures

Electric buses also have Electronic Stability Control (ESP), which you usually do not find on city buses.

Both heat and air conditioning consume a lot of energy and keeping energy consumption down is particularly important for electrical buses. Composite flooring, additional roof insulation and LED lighting are examples of energy saving measures inside the buses.