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VDL Bus & Coach wins e-bus tender Stadtwerke Osnabrück

On 15 January 2018 the German Stadtwerke Osnabrück announced that VDL Bus & Coach bv has won the e-bus tender. VDL Bus & Coach has been selected as system supplier for the upcoming electrification of the local transport. As a system supplier, VDL both delivers the electric buses and charging stations and handles the roll-out. The first 13 VDL Citeas SLFA Electric, which emit no harmful substances and produce much less noise than regular buses, will be delivered in late 2018. These electric, articulated vehicles will be deployed on the first fully electric line, line 41 between Düstrup and Haste.

"The partnership is a milestone on the road to the electric, digital, multimodal future of local transport in Osnabrück," stresses urban planner Frank Otte on the occasion of the presentation of the new system supplier.

"Stadtwerke Osnabrück has been among the forerunners in the field of electromobility for years. Such leaders are needed to turn new developments into reality. We are particularly proud to partner with Stadtwerke Osnabrück in the roll out of Germany's largest electric bus fleet," says Marcel Jacobs, commercial director VDL Bus & Coach bv.


Frank Otte, Stephan Rolfes and Marcel Jacobs

VDL supplies the complete e-bus system

At the end of 2018 a total of 13 18.1-metre VDL Citeas SLFA Electric built with a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) design will be put into service on line 41 between Düstrup and Haste. This design was recently honoured with the Red Dot 2017 Award. The Red Dot Award is a prestigious international design prize. The VDL Citea Electric won the award in the product design category. "With these vehicles, the line will be the first fully electric line in the city centre," points out Dr Stephan Rolfes of Stadtwerke Osnabrück. A rapid charging station will be placed at both ends of each line, and there will be another in the municipal bus depot. "In addition to the rapid charging stations, the bus depot will be equipped with 14 additional charging stations this year," adds Dr Rolfes.

The gradual electrification of local public transport in Osnabrück is an important part of the city and Stadtwerke Osnabrück's joint project Mobile Zukunft. This project includes sustainable mobility concepts, the promotion of environmentally friendly local mobility and the furtherance of e-mobility as well as the stimulation of bicycle use and advancement of public transport.


Impression exterior design Stadtwerke Osnabrück

Stadtwerke Osnabrück
Stadtwerke Osnabrück, with nearly 1,000 employees, is one of Germany's largest municipal providers of infrastructure services. The infrastructure services include the energy and water systems, public transport and the operation of Osnabrück's sewer system, port and swimming pools. Stadtwerke Osnabrück's public transport company operates local transport in the city of Osnabrück and the greater Osnabrück area. The company serves approximately 36 million passengers annually. There are nine main lines in the city of Osnabrück. The 151 Stadtwerke Osnabrück buses operate on 24 routes (including regional and night buses). The total length of all lines is just under 425 kilometres. The bus depot can accommodate 100 buses, has a 12-bay service area and includes a state-of-the-art traffic control centre.

Valkenswaard, januar 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
+31 (0)40 208 44 00
a.de.jong@vdlbuscoach.com

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