02 Apr 2019


December last year VDL Bus & Coach and the Amterdam public transport operator GVB, signed a contract for the purchase of 31 electric buses for Amsterdam. The contract includes an option for an additional 69 e-buses to be added in the coming years. Now charging equipment supplier Heliox announced that it has received the order for the charging network.

Heliox will deliver a combination of opportunity and overnight charging with a total power of 8 MW. This order comprises of 31 Heliox DC chargers, which are placed in the bus depot and & Heliox OC 450 kW chargers placed en route. The first electric buses of this order start running in 2020 on the GVB lines 15, 22 and 36 that have their terminal stop at the Sloterdijk bus station in Amsterdam. Robin Verspeek, Program Manager Rolling Stock at GVB comments: “Both VDL Bus & Coach and Heliox have a proven track record in the field of electric buses and charging solutions. Together they provide us with a complete solution for our first batch of zero-emission buses for Amsterdam. For us a great first step towards a full zero-emission - and thus sustainable - bus fleet. In the years to come our entire fleet of some 200 buses will be replaced by zero-emission buses.”

This Amsterdam order is for Heliox another success in its home country, Te Netherlands. Earlier it supplied charging networks for e-bus systems in the Dutch cities of Rotterdam, the Hague, Groningen, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport area, Maastricht, Venlo and Eindhoven.

Heliox operates on a global level with headquarters in the Netherlands and local offices in the UK, Australia, Singapore and India. It is a member of UITP, European Standardization Initiative of charging infrastructure and bus manufacturers for interoperability, following IEC 61851, the international standard for fast charging of electric vehicles.

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