Dutch bus manufacturer VDL Bus & Coach has received orders for a total of 16 electric buses from three more German cities: Plön in Schleswig-Holstein, Völklingen in Saarland and Neuss in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The 16 electric buses will be distributed among the municipalities as follows: Seven 12-meter Citea SLF-120 Electric buses are to be delivered to Plön by October 2022. They have batteries with a capacity of 350 kWh on board and are designed to be charged at night in the depot. Within three years, five identical buses and one 18-meter SLFA-180 Electric articulated bus will also go to Völklingen. This sextet will also be charged at night in the depot.
Finally, VDL will deliver two Citea SLF-120 Electric and one Citea SLFA-180 Electric to Stadtwerke Neuss. These three models will initially be charged in the depot, but will be fitted with pantographs so that opportunity charging on the line will also be possible later.
"The fact that more and more subsidies are available makes the decision to purchase zero-emission buses easier. This means that not only large cities, but also smaller towns and cities can push ahead with the desired ecological conversion more quickly and effectively," states Boris Höltermann, Managing Director of VDL Bus & Coach Deutschland GmbH. More than 100 VDL electric buses are now on the road in German cities, for example in Münster, Cologne, Osnabrück, Oberhausen-Bottrop, Kiel and Leipzig.vdlbuscoach.com