VDL ENTERS ITALY WITH 4 CITEA SLF-120 ELECTRIC FOR MALPENSA AIRPORT
The 4 VDL Citea SLF-120 Electric buses will run between the car parks, terminals 1 and 2, and Cargo City at Milano-Malpensa airport but not on the airfield at Milano-Malpensa itself. Milano-Malpensa International Airport is located about 45 kilometres northwest of central Milan. It is the largest cargo airport in Italy. The buses will be used around the clock, with one vehicle also continuing to drive at night.
It is the first e-mobility project of VDL Bus & Coach in Italy and is a co-operation between the carriers Arriva Italia s.r.l., Air Pullman S.p.A. and Autolinee Varesine s.r.l. The 4 Citea SLF-120 Electric are each equipped with an 85 kWh battery pack. Although the buses will not run on the airfield itself, they are fitted with special lighting, so that they can be used there in emergencies. The buses also have WiFi, USB connections and dark-tinted glazing.
For the charging equipment VDL Bus & Coach is working with the Dutch company Heliox. For interim rapid charging, Cargo City will install a 300 kW rapid charger. The depot has chargers that allow two buses to be charged at the same time at 30 kW, or one bus at 60kW.
Milan is aiming for a zero-emission bus fleet for its public transportation system by the year 2030. The bus fleet will be expanded from 215 in 2022 to 1200 vehicles in the year 2030.