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Pilot with VDL Citea SLFA Electric in Basel

VDL Bus & Coach will deliver a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) version VDL Citea SLFA-181 Electric to Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB). This bus is the first electric articulated bus for Switzerland and is part of a pilot project. This pilot project will involve testing on all bus lines in Basel, Switzerland, starting late this year. Through this pilot BVB intends to gain some initial practical experience with electric bus operation. From 2027 BVB will use exclusively 100% renewable drive technology.

“We look forward to this new bus and are convinced that our passengers will also welcome the electric bus,” says Marcel Kuttler, head of technology at BVB. “The bus is comfortable, quiet and drives on 100% renewable energy.”

“VDL Bus & Coach is an experienced E-Mobility transition partner, and the fact that BVB has chosen to partner with VDL to gain practical experience with electric vehicles and that we are now also going to provide support for furthering the sustainability of public transport in Switzerland is something we take great pride in, ” says Alex de Jong, business manager public transport VDL Bus & Coach B.V.


European market leader

VDL Bus & Coach is the frontrunner in the transition to clean, quiet public transport and in 2017 was once again European market leader in electric city buses. VDL Bus & Coach is hard at work on the further innovation of E-Mobility every day. This commitment enables VDL to contribute to a cleaner environment in more and more European countries.




VDL SLFA-181 Electric

The VDL SLFA-181 Electric is a low floor bus with a length of 18.1 metres, equipped with an electric powertrain. The bus has a maximum Profit of Ownership, ensuring that quality of life is maintained in these busy areas and the operator maintains optimum passenger flow. The Citea SLFA-181 Electric for BVB is equipped with a 248 kWh battery pack and a 450 kW rapid charger. During the pilot period, the rapid charging will take place at the BVB depot. The electric bus is charged in about 50 minutes.

Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe
Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB) is a transport company in the Swiss city of Basel, with nearly 182 km of tram and bus lines. Public transport is very popular and important in Basel. BVB carries more than 130 million passengers per year on 9 tram lines and 13 bus lines. More than 1200 employees ensure that passengers reach their destination in a comfortable and timely manner each day.

Valkenswaard, květen 2018


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

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