NEW HELSINGBORGSEXPRESSEN OPERATED WITH 13 VDL E-BUSES
The Swedish city of Helsingborg has received its first electric buses, 13 VDL Citeas SLFA-181 Electric. They already are running on the new HelsingborgsExpressen in southern Sweden. One of them was on show at the UITP Summit in Stockholm.
The operator who received them is Arriva Sweden, and is responsible for the new express BRT line. The successful implementation of this large, complex project has been realised through close cooperation between concession grantor and regional public transport authority Skånetrafiken, Arriva and VDL Bus & Coach. As turnkey supplier VDL Bus & Coach is also responsible for delivery and implementation of the charging infrastructure.
This new express line will provide passengers with a more attractive public transport option as they will be able to travel more quickly and comfortably. Fredrik Dahlborg, Managing Director VDL Bus & Coach Sweden, says: “As European market leader in the field of e-mobility, we are pleased to be adding Helsingborg to the long list of cities where we have provided our turnkey solutions.” With this order, VDL Bus & Coach has reached the milestone of its fourth e-mobility project in Sweden. The first VDL Citea Electric was delivered to operator Byberg & Nordin for the city of Härnösand in February 2015. In order to have the full focus on e-mobility VDL Bus & Coach has invested in expanding their Swedish national sales and service organisation, which has been a 100% subsidiary to VDL Bus & Coach bv since 1 January 2018.
Skånetrafiken is responsible for public transport in Skåne, southern Sweden. Every day over 300,000 people travel with one or more of Skånetrafikens 14,000 daily departures by bus and train. The turnover is approximately 5.8 billion SEK and each year customers make more than 167 million journeys with local and regional buses, trains (Pågatågen, Öresundståg, Krösatågen) and accessibility service vehicles.