LEIPZIG GOES ELECTRIC WITH 21 CITEA SLF-120 ELECTRIC
The Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB) has placed an order at VDL Bus & Coach for 21 Citea SLF-120 Electric and the necessary charging infrastructure. Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB) is a municipal company fully owned by the city of Leipzig (Germany). Already in 2018 its Supervisory Board decided to phase in the purchase of electric buses which now with the purchase of these VDL's is confirmed.
The 21 Citea SLF-120 Electric will be delivered starting at the end of this year. LVB will have them operating the bus lines 74, 76 and 89. Bus line 60 will also be equipped with electric buses at a later date. The development of the first three all-electric bus lines are in line with the city's environmental objectives. The buses are equipped with a 216 kWh battery pack and a 3-door configuration. Recharged is done by means of the pantograph on the roof during the day and in the charging depot at night.
"We are pleased that we can now take this important step and, together with VDL Bus & Coach, make a further active contribution to the environmental objectives of the city of Leipzig," says Ronald Juhrs, Managing Director Technology and Operations at LVB. The route network of the LVB is part of the regional transport association Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund. The LVB currently operates 46 bus lines in the city and surroundings. 9 lines operate at night (10 on weekends). In addition, the LVB operates 13 tram lines on a network of 143.5 km.
VDL Bus & Coach has delivered 670 Citea Electric across Europe and they cover more than 130,000 electric kilometres every day. 38 of them are running in 5 German cities have now clocked up more than 2.5 million electric kilometres.