05 Mar 2019

DUTCH OPERATOR QBUZZ ORDERS 164 ELECTRIC BUSES of Ebusco, Heuliez and VDL

Dutch operator Qbuzz has won the concession in the northern part of the Netherlands involving public bus transport in the provinces Groningen and Drenthe. The aim is to reach a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions. Therefore it has ordered 164 full electric buses to go into operation on 19 December this year and it will convert the current Euro 6 diesel bus fleet to HVO.

With several demo buses transport authority OV Bureau Groningen-Drenthe and operator Qbuzz presented the new busfleet. How will it be from December 2019 onward? The 164 buses will be fully electric: VDL Bus & Coach is to deliver 45 Citea's – 11 VDL Citea’s SLFA-180 Electric and 32 VDL Citea’s SLF-120 Electric for operation in the cities Emmen, Assen and Groningen. On 5 bus lines for intercity traffic under the brand Qlink 59 full electric buses have been ordered at Heuliez, in addition to the ten electric vehicles from VDL that have been running for some time. An additional three Q-link bus lines will be electrified later on. Dutch bus manufacturer Ebusco is to deliver 60 full electric Ebusco 2.2 buses for regional operation. These 60 electric buses have such a large battery pack that they only have to be charged at the depot at night. On one charge they can then do their route without recharging.

Besides these 164 new electric buses Qbuzz has a large fleet of Mercedes-Benz and Setra buses as well as Van Hool double-deckers. For these Euro 6 buses Qbuzz will switch from normal diesel to HVO (synthetic biodiesel based on waste and residual products), with considerable savings in CO₂ emissions. Two vans from the Van Hool company already run on hydrogen, also zero emissions. Qbuzz and the OV-Bureau are also considering to purchase in 2020, 20 or possibly 30 hydrogen buses.

Bus transport in Groningen and Drenthe is from December 2019 for an important part Zero-Emission and gives 90% less CO₂ emissions. With sustainability, Groningen and Drenthe are setting new standards in the area of sustainability in public transport, in line with its ambitious energy agenda. The first buses of this new fleet will be delivered shortly after the summer. In the picture three happy people, from left to right: managing director OV Bureau, Wilko Mol, and board members of OV Bureau Groningen-Drenthe Henk Brink and Fleur Gräper-van Koolwijk.



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