NEW VDL CITEA 12 AND 12.9-METRE LE ELECTRIC
VDL Bus & Coach has extended its Citea Electric product range with two new low entry variants, with a length of 12 and 12.9 metres. The Citea SLE Electric benefits from the new generation of battery packs and can be fitted with a variety of charging systems. The first VDL Citea SLE Electric will go into operation in 2019.
The expansion of the VDL Citea Electric range with the addition of the Low Entry variants is a logistic step forward in increasing the sustainability of public transport. VDL Bus & Coach sees the new low entry electric length variants ideal for city and local transport applications, offering a variety of door configuration options and a flexible interior layout. Both SLE Electric versions are the perfect complement to the Citea LLE-99 Electric, at present mainly deployed on regional lines in the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
The Citea SLE Electric is equipped as standard with the new 216 kWh battery pack, and as an option can be fitted with the new 288 kWh battery pack offering a range of between 100 and 200 kilometres. But VDL Bus & Coach states that due to the high-quality batteries and smart charging solutions, it is possible to achieve an operating distance of up to 500 kilometres per day.
Both new electric buses come as standard with a CCS plug. As an option, the Citea SLE Electric can be equipped with a roof-mounted or inverted pantograph, with a capacity of up to 450 kW.