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First order for VDL Citea SLE Electric

In autumn 2018 VDL Bus & Coach expanded its electric Citea product range with the Low Entry variants. Finnish public transport company Tammelundin Liikenne Oy was the first customer to place an order, for 2 VDL Citeas SLE-129 Electric. In August 2019 the buses will be put in service on lines 90 and 96 in the Vuosaari region of Helsinki, as direct replacements for the current diesel buses on these lines. During the evening and night the buses will run to Helsinki Central Station.

“Making public transport more sustainable plays a major role in the transition to a healthier living environment. As a public transport company we believe it is important that we do our part to make Helsinki a sustainable city. 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,” said Launo Elers, Managing Director Tammelundin Liikenne Oy.

“With this first order for the Citea SLE-129 Electric, Tammelundin Liikenne demonstrates its confidence in VDL Bus & Coach as a transition partner and market leader in the field of electric public transport. We are proud that in addition to the 22 VDL Citeas LLE the customer already has in operation we are now able to supply the first VDL Citeas SLE Electric, and look forward to further cooperation in the future to boost Helsinki's sustainability,” said Henrik Mikkola, Managing Director VDL Bus & Coach Finland Oy.


VDL Citea SLE-129 Electric
The Citea Electric built as a Low Entry vehicle with a length of 12.9 metres, a 40+3 seating configuration and a large passenger capacity of approximately 80 passengers is very suitable for the Finnish market. The Citeas SLE-129 Electric for Tammelundin Liikenne are equipped with the new 216 kWh battery pack. During the day the buses are used for short distances of 2 and 5 kilometres and recharged at the metro station in Vuosaari. In the evening and at night the buses travel distances of 17 and 19 kilometres and are recharged at Helsinki Central Station. The buses are topped up during operation by means of a roof-mounted pantograph with a power transfer capacity of 300 kW. When out of service, the vehicles are also slow charged with 50 kW depot chargers using the CCS plug at the Tammelundin Liikenne depot. In total, the two VDL Citeas SLE-129 Electric for Tammelundin Liikenne are in operation 22 hours a day.


Tammelundin Liikenne Oy
Tammelundin Liikenne Oy operates as a public transport company in Helsinki. This family business has been active in the public transport sector since 1946. The company is currently run by two generations of the family. With a total of around 40 buses, the company provides the regional transport in Helsinki for PTA HSL.


 Impression VDL Citea SLE Electric for Tammulundin Liikenne Oy

Valkenswaard, December 2018


VDL Bus & Coach bv
Marcel Jacobs
Commercial Director
+31 (0)40 208 44 00
m.jacobs@vdlbuscoach.com

VDL Bus & Coach bv
Alex de Jong
Business Manager Public Transport
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a.de.jong@vdlbuscoach.com

VDL Bus & Coach Finland Oy
Henrik Mikkola
Managing Director
+358 400 73447 885
h.mikkola@vdlbuscoach.fi

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