VDL BUS & COACH AT BUSWORLD 2017
The world is changing and markets are in a real state of flux – including the bus and coach market. VDL is responding by supplying specific custom-made solutions that contribute to improved quality of life in our cities and more comfortable travel, in a more sustainable world.
In the transition to zero emission public transport, the target is not only offering adapted buses but above all turn-key public transport systems. VDL Bus & Coach is focusing increasingly on its role as transition partner for the complete range. The specific approach to managing the transition to zero emission public transport developed by VDL starts with a thorough analysis of requirements. That analysis is converted into a zero emission operation recommendation, in which the entire process of implementation and maintenance is also fully managed.
One of the main products for this altering market is
the VDL Citea Electric, which is already proving its value in various cities around Europe, It is now already totalling 4 million electric kilometres on the road. The Citea LLE and the complete Futura range guarantee the lowest TCO on the market and more Profit of Ownership, During Busworld 2017, VDL Bus & Coach will be presenting its entire product range, from the latest developments in E-Mobility through to the lightweight Citea LLE 12.7 metre and from the luxury 14.1 metre Futura double-decker through to the compact MidCity midibus.
The VDL Citea SLFA Electric is an electric articulated bus with a length of 18.1 metres, built according to an innovative, futuristic BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) design. The VDL Citea SLFA Electric in fact recently received the 2017 Red Dot Award. a prestigious international design prize presented annually by the ‘Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen’ in Essen, Germany. The VDL Citea Electric was prize winner in the category ‘Product Design’.
Another zero emission public transport system is the VDL Citea LLE-99 Electric, including rapid charging station. This model was specially developed for the less busy city and regional bus lines, so these areas too can profit from zero emission public transport. At a length of 9.9 metres and with a particularly friendly design look, this bus ties in perfectly with the image that many villages and small towns have in mind.
Compared with similar buses with the same number of seats, the Citea LLE-127 enjoys the advantages of a low total weight, lower fuel consumption, less emission of harmful substances, lower maintenance costs and as a consequence, the lowest TCO on the market, and higher Profit of Ownership.
The VDL Citea LLE is the lightweight champion in the VDL Bus & Coach product range and for years has been the lightest low-entry bus on the market. New developments have once again helped reduce the unladen weight, making this latest variant even lighter. Unladen, the fully equipped 12-metre model weighs less than 9,000 kilo, at least 2 tonnes less than any similar bus type.
The VDL MidCity has been developed entirely for public transport applications. Its low floor is ideal for simple passenger entry and easy access for wheelchair users. Thanks to the unique position of the double door, passengers climb aboard right alongside the driver and there is space for an additional seat to the left of the entrance.
The Futura stands out thanks to its remarkably low own vehicle weight, excellent fuel economy, high passenger capacity, high volume of luggage space and low kilometre cost price. All these features make the Futura an extremely profitable investment. Within the Futura range, there is a huge variety in terms of length, height, number of axles and of course the layout and design of the interior.
The double-decker Futura FDD2-141 offers a comfortable and adequate transport solution both for the demanding holiday market and for intercity business passengers.
With its Futura FHD2-106, VDL Bus & Coach is targeting the VIP segment with small groups wishing to travel in ultimate luxury and comfort. Just like the other Futura models, the 10.6 metre length variant comes with a flat floor throughout. The entire interior radiates space through the harmonised use of colours, a well-balanced lighting concept and open luggage compartments.