A fleet of 13 VDL electric buses will operate in the southern Swedish city of Helsingborg from 13 June. Operator Arriva Sweden calls the new BRT service the HelsingborgsExpressen, and it is a first for the city of Helsingborg.
The 13 VDL Citeas SLFA-181 Electric buses are the first electric buses to be rolled out in the Swedish town, and this marks the fourth major e-mobility project for VDL in Sweden. The others are operating in Härnösand, Karlstad and a project involving 25 Citeas SLFA-181 Electric buses will launch later this month in Umeå.
The electric articulated Citeas coming to Helsingborg are part of a network between concession grantor and regional public transport authority Skånetrafiken, Arriva and VDL Bus & Coach.
Now VDL will act as the turnkey supplier, responsible for the delivery and implementation of charging infrastructure for the buses as well. The buses come equipped with a high-power 169 kWh battery system. The roof-mounted pantograph allows the vehicles to be fast charged during the day at the end stops of the line before the buses will fully charge at the depot each night.
Additional reporting by Nora Manthey.