Volvo Buses is introducing a new chassis for electric buses called BZL Electric. It is designed for both single and double-decker buses with several options for bodybuilders and features a powertrain developed entirely by Volvo.
According to Volvo, the new chassis is based on proven and successful technologies already in use in Europe. At its heart is an electric motor coupled to a two-stage automated transmission, which has 167 kW continuous, 200 kW peak power and 425 Nm of torque.
“We are committed to leading the transformation of our industry towards a more sustainable future. With the introduction of the new Volvo BZL Electric, we aim to offer the most responsible electric bus systems in the world. We do this by focusing on sustainability, safety and reliability,” emphasises Anna Westerberg, President of Volvo Buses.
According to the manufacturer, the driveline can be configured for solo buses as a single- or dual-motor unit with an output of up to 400 kW. For double-deckers, there is only the single-motor variant.
Volvo’s new BZL Electric chassis is 11,815 mm long for the single-decker and 10,585 mm for the double-decker. The permissible gross weight is 19.5 tonnes.
Volvo does not give a forecast on the range in its announcement. The Swedish company also highlighted the sustainability credentials of their chassis. For example, the BZL Electric is said to be 90 per cent recyclable.