Arriva Danmark has turned to VDL to order 21 electric buses. Model Citea SLFA-180 Electric is the first articulated e-bus ever to arrive in Denmark and will serve in Copenhagen starting in December 2019. Moreover, the order presents a milestone for VDL.
By receiving this latest order from Arriva Danmark, VDL Bus & Coach has now sold a total of 500 all-electric buses of type Citea in Western Europe alone. Beyond their base in the Netherlands, electric buses by VDL are currently operating in Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden, and France.
In most cases, VDL also delivers charging infrastructure and this is true for the Danish capital as well. Here, the buses will top up at the end points of the route by means of inverted pantograph during the day. Thanks to the rapid charging stations at the depot, the revised line 2A will be in operation 24 hours a day from the end of 2019, says Arriva.
The articulated Citea electric bus measures 18 metres and is the longest model in the range. The VDL Citeas SLFA-180 Electric are equipped with 288 kWh batteries.
VDL recently introduced a 12 and 12.9 metre low entry model of the Citea Electric with the same large 288 kWh battery as a new option. These new models also offer rapid charging via pantograph and VDL said their new charging connection (for up to 450 kW) already complies with the soon-to-be expected European standard.
Apart from Copenhagen, also Rotterdam ordered electric buses by VDL Bus & Coach, 55 to be precise, which are to arrive in 2019 reportedly. VDL Bus & Coach had been advancing electric mobility in its home country before, when they delivered no less than 100 electric bendy buses to Amsterdam. There they operate 24/7 on routes to and from Schiphol Airport (we reported). The buses of type Citea also run in Groningen.