Volvo Buses has announced the launch of the new Volvo 8900 Electric, an electric low-entry bus for city, intercity, and commuter operations.

The first versions of the Volvo 8900 Electric will be available in selected European markets during 2025.

Thomas Nylund, Head of Volvo Buses Europe said: “It’s logical to include electrified solutions for intercity, transit, and commuter operations. The 8900 Electric is a dedicated European offer and another major step in our efforts to provide efficient and sustainable people transport solutions,”

The new bus is built on the Volvo BZR Electric chassis, a platform based on a Volvo Group common e-mobility architecture.

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.

The body for the Volvo 8900 Electric will be manufactured by the selected partner, MCV.

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It comes in two- or three-axle configurations, with a capacity of up to 110 passengers. The driveline can be specified with one or two motors, giving a traction power of up to 400kW, or 540 hp.

In combination with the modular battery arrangement of up to 540 kWh, these options make the Volvo 8900 Electric suitable for most applications in extended city and intercity operation.

Mr Nylund added that the vehicle “is a premium product with the highest quality, and it’s a product that customers have asked for.”