Following trials, Scania’s first battery electric bus, the Citywide Low Floor, will from mid-March be operated in regular traffic in the northern Swedish city of Östersund.
The three first buses will ply a 15-kilometre route with some 40 stops. With 10-minute charging, the buses will run every 15 minutes for a total of 100 journeys each day.
Tom Terjesen, Editor of Norway’s leading trade magazine Busmagasinet and President of the International Bus & Coach Jury, recently had the opportunity to test the new buses. He found that the bus handles well on the road with minimal interior noise. “Normally a new set of sounds is detected in an electric bus when the diesel engine is removed,” he remarks. “But in Scania’s battery bus there’s hardly any noise at all. A little squeak from door strips is what we discover, but then we drive on icy and poorly ploughed roads.”
Terjesen noted that even at the maximum speed of 70 km/h, there was insignificant noise from both wind and powertrain. “Scania has created a very good battery bus. A bus that is identical to the diesel versions of Citywide inside and out, but with a zero-emission powertrain.”