Volvo Buses has developed a new chassis for its electric buses that is claimed to be over 90% recyclable.

“We are committed to leading the transformation of our industry towards a more sustainable future,” says Anna Westerberg, President of Volvo Buses. “With the new Volvo BZL Electric we offer a global platform for clean, silent, and energy-efficient public transport to meet the rising demand on important markets that are ready for the shift to electromobility”.

Circularity is important, she adds, “We have a lifecycle perspective and take responsibility for the environmental impact of our products, from the cradle to the grave. This means we ensure that materials, manufacturing, operation and recycling meet the highest environmental standards.”

The new Volvo BZL Electric is designed for both single and double decker applications and features a driveline developed entirely by Volvo. The 200 kW electric motor is coupled to a two-stage automated gearbox. This increases wheel torque at low speed and evens out current peaks, thus reducing energy consumption and sustaining motor and battery health.

The driveline can be configured as a single or dual motor unit making the Volvo BZL Electric “an untiring hill climber” while allowing “for swift and smooth operation”.