The first VDL Citea SLFA-180 Electric has gone into service in Orléans, France, the first electric VDL bus to be used in the city. Keolis intends to gain experience with electric bus service by deploying the articulated e-bus on a number of different city lines. As a system supplier, VDL Bus & Coach is also responsible for the installation, implementation and maintenance of the charging station.
“We are very proud of the confidence Keolis Métropole Orléans has placed in VDL Bus & Coach as a transition partner to zero emission bus transport,” says Jérôme Gendre, managing director, VDL Bus & Coach France. “As a system supplier, VDL has gained important experience in recent years as a transition partner for leading E-Mobility projects in the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia, among other countries. We are delighted to now also have the opportunity to help make bus transport more sustainable in Orléans, France.”
The VDL Citea SLFA-180 Electric is equipped with a 169kWh battery pack which can be fully charged in 35 minutes via a pantograph with a Heliox 300kW rapid charger at the depot in the north-east of the city. The rapid charging system gives the articulated VDL Citea Electric high operational availability, making the e-bus available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the exception of brief interim charging periods, according to VDL. When fully charged, the bus has a range of more than 100km.
The French government wants to drastically reduce the consumption of fossil fuels by 2030. This objective is part of the Energy Transition Act adopted by the French Parliament in 2015. The Orléans metropolitan region aims to have all public bus transport emission-free by 2024.