70 VDL CITEA HYBRIDS FOR BELGIAN DE LIJN
The Belgian public transport operator De Lijn orders 70 hybrid buses from VDL Bus & Coach. These 70 buses are part of an agreement last year between De Lijn and VDL Bus & Coach for the purchase of 400 hybrid and electric buses.
Within the framework De Lijn ordered late last year the first batch of 200 hybrid buses, now followed by 70 Citea SLFA 180 Hybrid, powered by a 240 kW electric motor combined with a 64 kWh "High-Power" battery pack. The Euro 6 generator is a 210 kW strong, 4-cylinder engine.
With purchasing hybrid and electric buses De Lijn saves a million litres of diesel annually and 2640 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
The high battery capacity, should make it possible that the buses will run fully electrically for up to 30 kilometres. The batteries are charged via a CCS Combo2 plug with some help 'en route' from the 4-cylinder Euro 6 diesel generator. With this order De Lijn invests another 37 million euros in green mobility. The buses will be mainly deployed in the low emission zones in Brussels and Antwerp and replace the old Euro 2 and Euro 3 buses.
De Lijn is the Flemish public company - Dutch speaking part of Belgium - that provides public transport in Flanders. Around 3.5 million people use De Lijn's services every year. The De Lijn network has around 1000 lines with 36,000 stops and a fleet of 2250 buses and 400 trams. 8,000 people work together. Buses and trams run around 11 million journeys a year.