VDL Bus & Coach widens their electric bus range as they add a 12 and 12.9 metre low entry model of the Citea Electric. This expansion also includes a new battery as well as charging option via pantograph.
According to the manufacturer, the new low-entry variants are suitable for urban and interurban traffic and available with various door configurations. The interior can also be flexibly configured.
Both versions carry the new 216 kWh battery pack as a standard with there being an option for a 288 kWh battery pack that offers a range between 100 to 200 kilometres during service. VDL has also refined the battery technology for the Citea Electric series to the extent that the capacity of the basic battery pack has increased by 20 percent to 216 kWh, according to the manufacturer. Both systems are air-cooled and can withstand charging powers between 300 and 450 kW.
For this ultra-fast charging capability, both the 12 and the 12.9 metre long variants have a CCS connection. Plus, a roof-mounted or inverted pantograph with an intake of up to 450 kW can be installed as an option. VDL says they developed a new charging connection which already complies with the soon-to-be expected European standard.