Birmingham Airport awards electric bus contract to Volvo Bus UK to supply six 7900e single deck buses

Birmingham Airport has awarded Volvo Bus UK the contract to supply the airport with six 7900e
single deck electric buses. Launching in November 2019, the ultra-low emission buses will operate
as the free passenger transport service via all airport car park routes

The decision to introduce electric buses came as a result of a review undertaken by the airport into
its future vehicle provision. The Volvo 7900e will provide an 80% lower energy consumption than
an equivalent sized diesel bus. Two high level charging points will be installed outside of the terminal.
Additional plug-in charging points will be located in the coach park - and in the future, these will be
made available for other electric bus and or coach operators to use

Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: "This partnership is a key milestone for us. We are
always investigating new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon emissions and through the
partnership with Volvo Bus UK, we will do just this"

"We have made significant customer service improvements across the airport to increase capacity
and improve passenger experience, with the vision of positioning Birmingham as one of Europe's
leading regional airports. The electric buses form part of this vision, not to mention their sustainability
benefits being ultra-low emission. Since 2012 the Airport has reduced its CO2 per passenger by 20%.
Implementing the six electric buses will work towards lowering this even further which is just fantastic"

Nick Page, Managing Director of Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, said: "It is very exciting that the 7900e has
been chosen for Birmingham Airport in support of its ambition to provide the best possible environmentally
friendly bus service for airport customers and stakeholders alike"

"Over the last 15 months the 7900e has undertaken a UK wide demonstration tour where it has shown the
contribution that can now be made to improving air quality in the areas where it has been in service.  We
are confident the 7900e and accompanying technologies will help Birmingham Airport to achieve its goals"

Tuesday 12 March 2019


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