VDL Bus & Coach announced another order for electric buses, this time from the airport of the Norwegian capital Oslo. Avinor Oslo Airport ordered eight Citea SLFA-181 Electric buses from VDL for use as shuttle buses from next year.
The electric buses will be supplied with a battery capacity of 216 kWh. VDL is again working with the Dutch company Heliox on the chargers: The buses will be charged overnight in the depot at eight 30 kW charging points. A 300 kWh fast charger will be available at the gate for interim fast charging.
In Norway, the charging system has a further task: since extreme weather conditions can prevail in winter, there are special requirements for the heating system – the comfort for the passengers should be maintained and the availability of the buses should not be restricted. For this reason, intelligent energy management should use strategic charging processes to compensate for the energy consumption of the air-conditioning system – even if the battery charge level would actually still be sufficient.
At Oslo Airport, 1.2 million passengers are transported every year between the gates and the aircraft on the apron. “The introduction of electric shuttle buses is an important measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the airport,” says Stine Ramstad Westby, Executive Vice-President for Operations and Infrastructure at Avinor Airport. “Although electric buses are more expensive to buy than the diesel version, this investment is a conscious decision because electric vehicles are more profitable in the long run. The Norwegian state company Enova is supporting the purchase with the equivalent of 1.6 million euros.