KVG Orders 67 Electric Buses from VDL Bus & Coach for Kiel
The northern German city of Kiel is committed to making public transport even greener and has ordered 20 more Citeas SLF-120
The northern German city of Kiel is committed to making public transport even greener and has ordered 20 more Citeas SLF-120 Electric in addition to the 47 articulated electric buses, with the latest delivery scheduled for September. By the end of 2021, a total of 67 electric Citeas from VDL Bus & Coach will be in operation in Kiel. The cooperation between KVG Kieler Verkehrsgesellschaft and VDL Bus & Coach, which was confirmed on 8 October 2019, will receive another boost with this follow up order. The 20 Citeas SLF-120 Electric will run on 5 lines in the city. They are charged not only at night at the depot but also on the lines, where the necessary charging infrastructure is available at the terminus stops for fast charging. Since the first Citea went into service in September last year, more than 160,000 electric kilometres have been covered. KVG has so far taken 19 electric buses into operation.
With 29 lines and 9 night bus lines, KVG serves more than 886 stops in the urban area of Kiel and surrounding municipalities 24 hours a day. In 2019, more than 10.4 million kilometres were covered and more than 33.7 million passengers carried. With about 740 employees, of whom almost 520 are bus drivers, KVG has an important position as an employer in Kiel.
The cities of Münster, Cologne, Osnabrück, Oberhausen-Bottrop, Leipzig and Kiel in Germany contribute daily to the starting point of VDL Bus & Coach: ‘Aiming for Zero’. In the coming years, the cities/towns of Plön, Völklingen, Neuss, Braunschweig, Verden and Goslar will also be added to this list. After the first 5 VDL Citeas SLF-120 Electric arrived in Münster in 2015, more than 100 vehicles in Germany have so far been delivered in fully electric mode, together accounting for more than 4 million electric kilometres of experience in public transport.
VDL has been active in the field of electric transport for over 25 years. Since the introduction of the first Citea SLF-120 Electric in Geneva, during the UITP Mobility & City Transport exhibition in 2013, VDL Bus & Coach has focused strongly on electric mobility. With now almost 800 buses in 10 countries and more than 135,000 kilometres travelled daily in many European cities and regions, the magic limit of 100 million electric kilometres has almost been reached.