01 Aug 2019


With 8 Citeas SLFA-181 Electric, VDL Bus & Coach will be making a major contribution to the further electrification of Oslo Airport in Norway. The shuttle buses will go into service in 2020. The contract between all parties was signed on Thursday 1 August.

Every year, 1.2 million passengers are transported between the gates and the aircraft at Oslo Airport. In June 2018, Avinor Oslo Airport received financial support of around 1.6 million euros from the Norwegian organisation Enova. Owned by the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Enova’s mission is to support development of climate technology and sustainable energy systems. Avinor aims to halve its total greenhouse gas emissions by 2022, compared with 2012. “The support from Enova makes it possible for us to implement environmentally friendly solutions faster”, says Stine Ramstad Westby, Executive Vice President operations and infrastructure at Avinor. The company is state-owned and responsible for 44 Norwegian airports used annually by around 50 million passengers.

In this specific shuttlebus application, additional attention is there on the climate system and maintaining a comfortable temperature for the passengers, particularly in the winter period. The Citea SLFA-181 Electric is equipped with a high capacity 216 kWh Li-Ion battery system, air-cooled and electrically heated so that the battery is always kept in optimum operating condition. For the charging equipment, VDL Bus & Coach has once again joined forces with the Dutch company Heliox. For interim fast charging, a 300 kW rapid charger will be installed at the gate. The bus is charged through a pantograph. At the depot 8 charging posts will be installed each with a capacity of 30 kW. Here the buses are fully recharged at night, and if required, pre-heated.

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