03 Feb 2018


On 15 January 2018 the German Stadtwerke Osnabrück announced that VDL Bus & Coach bv has won her e-bus tender. VDL Bus & Coach has been selected as system supplier for the upcoming electrification of the local transport. As a system supplier, VDL both delivers the electric buses and charging stations and handles the roll-out. The first 13 VDL Citeas SLFA Electric, which emit no harmful substances and produce much less noise than regular buses, will be delivered in late 2018.

At the end of 2018 a total of 13 18.1-metre VDL Citeas SLFA Electric built with a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) design will be put into service. This design was recently honoured with the Red Dot 2017 Award. The gradual electrification of local public transport in Osnabrück is an important part of the city and Stadtwerke Osnabrück's joint project Mobile Zukunft. This project includes sustainable mobility concepts, the promotion of environmentally friendly local mobility and the furtherance of e-mobility as well as the stimulation of bicycle use and advancement of public transport.

5 Citeas SLF-120 Electric for HTM in The Hague

On 23 January the Hague public transport company HTM signed a contract for an order for 5 Citeas SLF-120 Electric from VDL Bus & Coach, with a possible option for a further 3 buses. This is the first step in the Hague carrier’s transition to completely zero emission bus transport.

In addition to these electric buses, VDL will also provide the charging infrastructure, including the complete installation and project management. This makes VDL not only a bus supplier but also a system supplier. The buses, which have a pantograph on the roof, are charged quickly during the day by means of opportunity charging and are also charged at night so as to balance the batteries. This allows the buses to be used for an entire day.




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