VDL Expands Electric Fleet in Amsterdam to 75 Citeas
The VDL fleet used in Amsterdam city transport, currently consisting of 31 electric Citeas, will be expanded to 75 vehicles. VDL Bus & Coach will deliver 44 VDL Citeas SLFA-180 Electric to GVB, the public transport company of Amsterdam, by the beginning of 2022. At the end of 2018, GVB and VDL Bus & Coach signed the contract for the delivery of 31 electric Citeas, with the option of 69 additional zero emission city buses. The contract concerns close cooperation between the Amsterdam Transport Region as the granter of the concession, the City of Amsterdam, GVB and VDL. In 2020, the VDL Citeas will be running on routes 15, 22 and 61, all of which start or end at Sloterdijk Station. The series of buses consists of 9 VDL Citeas SLF-120 Electric and 22 articulated VDL Citeas SLFA-180 Electric. The 44 electric Citeas that VDL will deliver to GVB are all articulated buses.
For the expansion to 75 VDL Citeas, VDL Bus & Coach is once again responsible for the implementation of the charging infrastructure. Rapid charging is possible at Amsterdam Central Station; vehicles can also be charged at Garage West or Garage Noord. The 44 articulated vehicles, VDL Citeas SLFA-180 Electric, will be equipped with a 422 kWh High Energy battery system. The e-buses will also be equipped with camera mirrors, which in combination with two screens in the bus will enable the driver to participate in traffic better and more safely. All of the vehicles are equipped with an electric wheelchair ramp so that passengers with mobility impairments can also travel with them.
Amsterdam is working to further reduce CO2 emissions in the city. To this end, the municipality has developed ‘Route Map Amsterdam Climate Neutral 2050’. Amsterdam will reduce its CO2 emissions by 5% in 2025, 55% in 2030 and 95% in 2050, compared to 1990 levels. Part of this includes GVB providing completely emission-free bus transport from 2025 onwards.
A completely flat floor, a high degree of modularity, compact dimensions and excellent manoeuvrability make the Citea Low Floor Electric suitable for public transport in the city. The wide entry and exit doors ensure optimal accessibility and make this type of Citea ideal for large passenger flows at high frequencies. The VDL Citeas SLFA-180 Electric offer the solution for electric public transport on bus routes with high passenger numbers.