Volvo Buses unveils BZR platform

Volvo Buses pulled back the curtain on its BZR Electric platform at a preview event for its new World of Volvo experience centre in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The BZR Electric is for city, innercity and commuter operations. It comes as high-floor or low-entry, in two or three-axle configurations, with a single or dual motor driveline. It features a modular energy storage system where the number of batteries can be adjusted to match different types of operations. The Volvo BZR Electric is based on a Volvo Group common e-mobility architecture.

According to Volvo Buses, this means that major components and sub-systems are manufactured in large volumes, which is an advantage when it comes to spare parts commonality and logistics. This in turn means more operator uptime.

The Volvo BZR platform is designed to enable versions for both bus rapid transit and, later on, coach applications. At launch, the platform accommodates lengths from 9.5 to 15 metres, a maximum weight of 27,000 kg and traction power up to 400kW, or 540 hp. In combination with the modular battery arrangement of up to 540 kWh, the Volvo BZR Electric is suitable for most of the applications in extended city and intercity operation.

The Volvo BZR Electric comes with several safety features, including a collision warning system that reacts to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The safety systems exceed the new EU regulations, as well as the legal requirements of most countries outside the EU.

Fredrik Björn, product director city, business unit chassis på Volvo Buses, said: “We have isolation resistance monitoring, and the HVIL loop. We are constantly monitoring the health and state of the high voltage system, making sure there are no leaks of power or open circuits. We are also constantly measuring the temperature of the battery and pressures and everything inside the battery to make sure it is kept safe.”

The World of Volvo centre will open to the public on 14 April. Visitors will be able to explore Volvo’s most iconic vehicles, real-life stories and interactive experiences.

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