ARRIVA ENLARGES ITS DUTCH E-BUS FLEET WITH 55 VDL CITEA LLE-115 ELECTRIC
Yet another large e-bus order for VDL in the Netherlands. Arriva has ordered 55 VDL Citea LLE 115 electric for the concession in the southern province Limburg. The goal of the Province of Limburg is to have the public transport zero emission by 2026.
From this month 20 VDL Citeas LLE-115 Electric will begin operating from Maastricht, capital of the province. The remaining 35 will be deployed by the cities Sittard, Venlo, Venray and Heerlen. Arriva Limburg is the first public transport company in the Netherlands to use electric buses for regional lines on a large scale. “We are proud that, as a partner of Arriva, we have developed a bus that will also run electrically outside the city,” said Ard Romers, director of VDL Bus & Coach Nederland. “The bus in question is the recently introduced 11.5-metre length variant, with more seats. Each bus will do around 100,000 kilometres per year.”
Arriva already has several 9.9-metre-long electric VDL Citea's running since 2016. For regional transport in Limburg, we will be using a lightweight bus. The to be delivered 55 Citea LLE 115 have 42 comfortable seats facing the direction of travel and a capacity of approximately 65 passengers. The action radius with 180 kWh is over 400 kilometres a day.” For the delivery of the 55 VDL Citeas LLE-115 Electric now in Limburg, Arriva has set a number of important requirements for a flexible layout of the bus seating arrangement.”
From the end of June, Arriva will have 95 zero-emission buses in service for public transport in Limburg. This is nearly half of Arriva's fleet in the province.
Today,. During the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, being held this week in Stockholm, VDL Bus & Coach announced that its electric bus fleet - 400 electric VDL buses in Europe cover an average of 70,000 km in daily operation – has covered more than 30 million kilometres. Compared to conventional diesel buses, this represents a CO2 reduction of 70 tonnes per day.