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VDL Bus & Coach wins 3rd prize UITP photo contest

During the UITP 2017 in Montreal (Canada), which took place from 15 to 17 May, the 3rd prize was presented to Alex de Jong, business manager public transport VDL Bus & Coach bv, for his photo of quick-charging Citeas SLFA Electric. The award was presented by the expert jury, consisting of UITP mobility experts and external communication specialists. The purpose of the photo competition was to showcase the most innovative public transport. The photo submitted by Alex de Jong was included in a special photo exhibition that was on display during the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Montreal.


Alex de Jong receives the third prize from Masaki Ogata, President of the UITP worldwide

Innovation in public transport
With 257 votes from the public and a thumbs up from the jury, Alex de Jong's photo was among the top 3 of a total of 365 entries. In the words of the jury, the photo shows captures zero-emission electric transport and supporting sustainable infrastructure to present a vision of the future. According to Alex de Jong, the innovative aspect of this photo is that it brings E-Mobility to life. “No fossil fuels are used at all. Instead the zero emission electric buses are charged with green energy at a rapid charging station.” The Citeas SLFA Electric operate entirely on electricity, without harmful emissions, and make much less noise than regular buses. The VDL buses in the photo are part of Europe's largest electric bus fleet, which has been operational in the greater Eindhoven region since December 2016. The scene captured in the photo shows how the buses are quickly charged before they leave for the next stop.

UITP
UITP is an international organization that focuses on sustainable mobility and is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes. This public transport event – the world's largest – features a packed programme of conference sessions combined with an exhibition of the latest innovations and developments in public transport and urban mobility.


The award-winning photo, submitted by Alex de Jong of VDL Bus & Coach 

Valkenswaard, mayo 2017


VDL Bus & Coach bv
Marleen van Zeeland
Communications
+31 (0)40 208 44 14
m.van.zeeland@vdlbuscoach.com

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