Electric buses and innovative bus stops

The electric buses from Volvo are loading at the terminal and are always driving fully electric. They also recycle electricity when braking. The buses have to load six minutes to run a good half hour.

On the buses there are information screens, free Wi-Fi, and the opportunity to recharge mobile phones. The doors are better suited for passenger flows, with an extra wide middle door. The interior is flexible. Certain seats can be folded up in rush hour traffic, thus creating space for more passengers.

Innovative bus stops

1 Sven Hultin Place - charging and quiet bus shelter
At this stop the buses are charged outdoors for 6 minutes with electricity from renewable sources. You'll see how charging is in progress on the diodes located on the pillar. The bus shelter has silencing technology developed in the innovation project Controllable Urban Soundscape


2 Chalmersplatsen and Götaplatsen- two modern stops
These two stops have a modern design with wooden slats, adapted to the surrounded architecture. New touch screen for traffic information is being tested, and a large touch screen where travelers can interact with the screen in a map view is displayed. At the stop Götaplatsen, a USB charging for mobile phones is tested, which is designed for outdoor use, where the electricity comes from a solar cell placed on the shelter roof.


3 Frihamnen – expansive urban area
Frihamnen is a central area of Gothenburg, where 1,500 homes and 1,000 jobs will be built in the first phase up to 2021. A well-functioning public transport to the area is essential.


4 Teknikgatan - charging indoor
Teknikgatan is a new stop located indoors Charging is visualized on a screen at the bus stop. The charging has also created the opportunity for heat recovery from a transformer in the basement.
The indoor environment provides the opportunity to evaluate how buildings can be adapted for bus traffic in a way that makes it smooth and energy efficient despite the need for major ports. The doors are opened via buses signal priority systems, and warning signals with sound and light exist at the exit, to alert pedestrians and cyclists that there will be a silent bus entering. This is example of some of the demonstrations at this bus stop.


5 Lindholmen - shared surfaces
Lindholmen is a campus and science park area with the challenge to share the space between buses, pedestrians and cyclists.
With Volvo's Zone management technology, the buses speed is limited. The buses are also equipped with an incident warning system, which alerts the driver if unprotected pedestrians or cyclists are moving too close to the bus. Warning signals with sound and light are also available to alert that there will be a silent bus coming.
Next to the bus stop, inside the Lindholmen Science Park's is a business lounge with traffic information.


Optional site visit:
Volvo Bus Experience Center & Workshop - a new engineering concepts, specifically adapted for Volvo's electric vehicles.
In order to allow efficient and safe work with the buses, Volvo has developed a unique working platform for the mechanics, which also reduces the time that buses must be stationary in the workshop. The spaces are designed for technicians and drivers to meet in the same environment to get direct information and valuable feedback from each other.
Address
lindholmspiren 3-5, 417 56 göteborg
Focus areas
Urban Planning
Smart Mobility