13 Jul 2018


With the order for 55 VDL Citea’s SLF-120 Electric VDL Bus & Coach has won its third large order for electric buses in the Netherlands.

After 43 electric SLFA181 VDL Bus & Coach delivered to the city of Eindhoven and 100 of these articulated buses for the region Amsterdam and Schiphol, now Rotterdam will have 55 of the twelve metre version, the SLF-120 Electric. Public transport company RET in Rotterdam has granted VDL a provisional order.

With this order RET has taken a first step on the road to a full sustainable busfleet with zero emission, says RET's CEO Maurice Unck. It will be a turnkey project for which VDL Bus & Coach will also deliver the system management and charging infrastructure.

In the Netherlands the national, city and provincial governments have declared that from 2025 onwards no more diesel buses will be bought and that in the year 2030 no more diesel buses must be used for public transport.

The 55 buses for Rotterdam will be charged in the depot during the night with a 50 kW slow charger. On their route through Rotterdam, Vlaardingen and Schiedam they will be extra charged through a pantograph at 300 kW charging-pools, although it is the intention that during rush hours a bus can run its route on one single charge.

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