Volvo Launches New BZL Electric Bus Chassis

Volvo Buses

Volvo Buses is expanding its electromobility offer worldwide with the launch of its new Volvo BZL Electric chassis.

Volvo Introduces New Global Electromobility Offer

Designed for both single-and double-decker applications with multiple options for bodybuilders, the new BZL Electric has been developed to be more than 90 per cent recyclable.

"The new Volvo BZL Electric is based on proven and successful technologies already implemented in Europe. All the chassis and driveline components have been developed and manufactured by Volvo. To safeguard the premium qualities of our buses we partner up with selected bodybuilders around the world," says Dan Pettersson, Head of International at Volvo Buses.

Featuring a driveline developed entirely by Volvo, the BZL Electric’s 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 with a power output of no less than 540 hp. This makes the BZL Electric an untiring hill climber and allows for swift and smooth operation. It is designed for charging flexibility using hardware interfaces for both OppCharge high-power charging on route as well as CCS charging in the depot. Volvo Buses also offers a usable energy commitment, which means that Volvo Buses guarantees capacity for an agreed amount of energy for the operation – thus eliminating any customer worries about batteries.

Safety is a guiding star at Volvo, and the new Volvo BZL Electric meets the highest European standards for superior drivability and safe operation. It includes Volvo Buses' latest connected technology offer, Volvo Connect. With features such as Volvo's Zone Management, the operator can create safety zones where the maximum speed is limited, for example outside a school or in a bus depot.

 

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