One million electric kilometres for Eindhoven buses

Last month Dutch passenger transport company Hermes reached the milestone of one million kilometres travelled with its 43 electric buses that have been in service since last December in Eindhoven. The full-electric VDL Citeas are operated on eight different zero-emission routes and are now operating at full capacity, with the buses clocking up more than 9,000 km each weekday. 

A number of the buses cover more than 340 km per day, according to VDL, which says all the preconceptions about limited action radius have been dispelled by the rapid charging system at the Hermes depot.

The fact that a unique operation is currently under way in Eindhoven, is clear from the many visits other European carriers and cities are paying to Eindhoven to experience and see with their own eyes that the future is already in full swing here. The one million zero emission kilometres means that emissions of NOx have been reduced by around 4.7 tonnes and emissions of CO2 by more than 1,000 tonnes, adds VDL. 

The 43 VDL Citea SLFA Electrics are 18.1m-long articulated buses built to a BRT-style design which was recently honoured with the Red Dot Award 2017. 

VDL also delivered the charging stations and supplies them with power in cooperation with an electricity supplier. 

Hermes is part of Connexxion Nederland, which is a subsidiary of French parent company Transdev.