VDL Bus & Coach has expanded its electric Citea range with Low Entry variants and Finnish public transport company Tammelundin Liikenne Oy was the first customer to place an order, taking two VDL Citeas SLE-129 Electric.
The vehicles will be delivered in August 2019 for service on lines 90 and 96 in the Vuosaari region of Helsinki, replacing diesel buses.
“As a public transport company we believe it is important that we do our part to make Helsinki a sustainable city,” says Launo Elers, managing director, Tammelundin Liikenne Oy. “It makes us proud to be the first public transport company in Finland to purchase electric buses on a commercial basis and to do so in collaboration with VDL Bus & Coach.”
The Citea Electric Low Entry vehicle has a length of 12.9m, and has a 40+3 seating configuration with passenger capacity of approximately 80 passengers. The Citeas SLE-129 Electric for Tammelundin Liikenne are equipped with the latest 216kWh battery pack. During the day the buses will be used for short distances of 2km and 5km and recharged at the metro station in Vuosaari. In the evening, the buses run on different routes over distances of 17km and 19km and are recharged at Helsinki central station. The buses are topped up during operation with a roof-mounted pantograph with a power transfer capacity of 300kW. When out of service, the vehicles are slow-charged with 50kW depot chargers using a CCS plug at the Tammelundin Liikenne depot.