Amsterdam public transport company GVB has agreed a deal with VDL Bus & Coach for delivery of 31 electric Citeas, with the option for 69 additional electric buses. VDL Bus & Coach will also be responsible for implementation of the charging infrastructure. The 31 vehicles will be used for urban transport in Amsterdam, and is backed by Transport Region Amsterdam, and the municipality of Amsterdam.
“This is the first step towards making our bus fleet more sustainable,” says Alexandra van Huffelen, managing director, GVB. “I am proud that our first 31 electric buses from VDL will now be arriving. As an urban transport operator, taking this step means we are contributing to cleaner air in Amsterdam and the reduction of our own CO2 emissions. In the coming years we will replace our entire bus fleet, some 200 vehicles, with zero emission buses that we can use to transport our passengers comfortably and cleanly.”
VDL Groep president and chairman Willem van der Leegte, adds: “We are very proud that through the delivery of our electric public transport buses we will contribute to further CO2 reduction in the city and thus a cleaner Amsterdam. GVB’s ambitions to provide electric service are perfectly aligned with those of VDL to make a significant contribution to the electrification of bus transport in the Netherlands.
“It is, of course, especially pleasing to be supplying electric buses to our capital city. This renewed cooperation with GVB symbolises the mutual trust between our organisations.”
From 2020 the electric Citeas will be in service on lines 15, 22 and 36, all starting and ending at Sloterdijk station. They will replace part of the current diesel fleet. The 31 electric buses include nine Citeas SLF-120 Electric and 22 articulated Citeas SLFA-180 Electric.
The electric Citeas for GVB are equipped with a roof pantograph and the articulated vehicles, the Citeas SLFA-180, will be equipped with a 288kWh battery system, and the Citeas SLF-120 will have a 216kWh battery pack. The buses will use seven rapid chargers at Sloterdijk station and during the night the batteries will be fully recharged with 31 slow chargers.