Gothenburg claims it will have the world’s first electric mobile libraries Sweden next summer when it launches two new electric Volvos. Gothenburg City Library currently has two mobile libraries operating in and around the city, visiting about 70 mobile library stops and 110 pre-schools. Two new full-electric Volvo buses have been purchased, scheduled to replace the existing mobile libraries in July 2020.
The new mobile libraries will be designed to appeal to children and families, and Finnish company Kiitikori OY will furnish the bus interiors.
The Volvo 7900 Electric buses will be delivered as a complete turnkey solution, with Volvo handling all maintenance of the vehicles and their battery packs at a fixed monthly cost. Overnight parking, charging and maintenance will take place in the new Volvo Trucks centre in Mölndal. The deal allows Gothenburg City Library to have the vehicles in operation for far more hours than today’s buses.
“We’re looking forward to once again having mobile libraries in summer 2020, allowing us to visit all children – including those who live or attend pre-school in the Gothenburg inner-city green zone. We chose electric buses to ensure this possibility throughout the vehicles’ lifetime, which is no less than 12 years,” says Anette Eliasson, sector manager, Gothenburg municipality cultural department.
Jonas Pettersson, sales director south, Volvo Buses, adds: “The order is the result of a cooperation between Kiitikori OY, Volvo Truck Center Mölndal and Volvo Buses. Gothenburg City Library has followed the example of an increasing number of our customers, purchasing a comprehensive solution where we take care of the bus and all the surrounding services.”
The electric buses have a 250kWh battery capacity, and will be charged using a CCS cable.