VDL opens test area for e-bus charging


The Dutch utility vehicle specialist VDL has opened a testing location in Valkenswaard to test charging infrastructure for electric buses. At the charging square, a total of 7 vehicles can be charged simultaneously in different ways.

The area is located on the VDL Enabling Transport Solutions property, which is a subsidiary which is responsible for development and testing of new concepts and prototypes. Next to the standard and liquid-cooled plugs, the bus manufacturer also left options to test out different applications of pantograph solutions both on the vehicle and charging infrastructure.

With a total of 1.4 MW available charging capacity, VDL is capable of testing charging capacities of 600 kW up to 1,000 kW. The vehicles can also be discharged, where the energy is stored at a stationary battery pack. This charging square will further the continuing development of various charging systems and interaction between them, strengthening VDL’s leading position as transition partner in the area of heavy-duty electric transport,” emphasizes President and CEO Willem van der Leegte of VDL Groep.



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