VDL Bus & Coach has received an order from Rotterdam, where public transit operator Ret is expecting the arrival of 55 all-electric buses by 2019. The order includes charging infrastructure. Moreover, Ret is looking to buy 100 hybrid buses this year.
The electric buses will serve on shorter routes in Rotterdam, Schiedam and Vlaardingen. The hybrid buses will be deployed on longer, regional routes according to Ret.
VDL also delivered charging infrastructure so that the electric buses may charge at the depot overnight and also quickly during operation when the opportunity arises.
VDL Bus & Coach has been advancing electric mobility in its home country before. For example, they delivered no less than 100 electric bendy buses to Amsterdam. There they operate 24/7 on routes to and from Schiphol Airport reportedly. The buses of type Citea also run in Groningen.
The Netherlands want to halt sales of diesel buses from 2025 and aim for zero emission public transport by 2030. Operators have been getting ready and Ret makes not exception. They plan to gradually decarbonise the fleet and plan to add to electric buses once the existing order has been fulfilled. This means another 50 electric buses are scheduled to arrive by 2021 and 2024 with an option for another 110 in 2029.
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