Volvo Launches New Electric Bus Chassis: BZR and the New 8900 Electric

28 March 2024

The new chassis is multi purpose with the possibility to install the batteries within the chassis and makes it suitable for coaches. Volvo Buses extends its European electromobility offer to include operations outside and between cities. Build on the new e-chassis Volvo introduced at the same time the new 8900 Electric, an electric low-entry bus for city, intercity, and commuter operations.

The BZR-platform is based on a Volvo Group common e-mobility architecture and makes use of the batterypacks also used in trucks. 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. Volvo showed the new chassis together with the new intercity Volvo 8900 Electric. This bus is developed in Poland, but will be build at the MCV factory in

Egypt. The first deliveries are expected in 2025. The new multi purpose chassis is available in various lengths from 12.296 millimetres to 14.896 millimetres. The driveline can be specified with one or two motors, giving a traction power of up to 400 kW, or 540 hp. In combination with the modular battery arrangement of up to 540 kWh. The new Volvo 8900 Electric is an electric low-entry bus for city, intercity, and commuter operations. It is offered in both

8900 electric

two- and three-axle configurations, with a capacity of up to 110 passengers on the longest version, where up to 57 seats can be mounted. On the 12-meter, capacity is up to 88 passengers (43 of them seated). A multi-function steering wheel and a dynamic instrument cluster provides the driver with the necessary information. The Volvo 8900 Electric comes with all of Volvo Buses’ active safety systems. One example is Volvo collision warning system which also react also to pedestrians and cyclists.