09 Jul 2019


Stadtwerke Osnabrück is one of Germany's pioneers in the field of electromobility. It has already 13 VDL Citea SLFA-181 running on one cityline. Osnabrück has the largest electric fleet in Germany. Now that fleet will be expanded with 49 more VDL Citea SLFA-181.

When these new 49 buses are delivered Osnabrück will have In 2021 a total of 62 emission-free public transport buses in operation.

VDL Bus & Coach plays an important role in the project management for the implementation of the electric bus fleet. Based on the experience gained with the first thirteen buses, VDL Bus & Coach is working closely with Stadtwerke Osnabrück and Schaltbau to come up with ready-made solutions. Schaltbau is the supplier of the charging equipment.

The 49 electric VDL Citea articulated buses will travel a total of 14,000 km per day, around the clock. This maximum utilization of the buses will be possible thanks to the optimized rapid charging concept. The batteries have an energy capacity of 216 kWh and can be charged at a rate of up to 320 kW.

There are two main differences with the 13 buses already running. The new vehicles will be equipped with larger batteries and will no longer have supplemental fossil fuel heating.

In addition to Schaltbau rapid chargers distributed across the strategically located charging stations in the area of operation, there are 49 Schaltbau depot chargers (50 kW) in the bus depot. Here the buses are slowly charged and preheated at night. Charging is done via roof-mounted pantographs on the buses.

The electrification of the local bus transport system is part of Osnabrück's ‘Mobile Future’ project, including sustainable mobility concepts, promotion of environmentally friendly local mobility, e-mobility, encouragement of bicycle use and enhancement of public transport.

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