At the airport of the Norwegian capital Oslo, the eight electric shuttle buses that the airport ordered from VDL last year have now gone into operation.
These eight electric buses are only the beginning: Avinor Oslo Airport plans to switch all buses that transport passengers between the aircraft and the gates to electric operation by 2026. The Norwegian state company Enova is supporting the purchase with the equivalent of 1.6 million euros.
The Citea SLFA-181 Electric articulated buses ordered in 2019 have now been delivered to Norway by the Dutch company VDL. Each bus has a battery capacity of 216 kWh. For the charging of the busses, VDL is working with the Dutch company Heliox. The buses are charged overnight at the depot at eight charging points, each with 30 kW. A 300 kW rapid charger is available at the airport’s flight gates for interim rapid charging.
The operator Avinor uses The Mobility House’s ChargePilot charging and energy management system to control the individual charging processes of the electric bus fleet at Oslo Airport. The system prevents expensive load peaks by efficiently sequencing or parallelising the individual charging processes.
“Avinor has chosen for the BRT model (Bus Rapid Transit). However, Avinor is interested in more than just the design. Choosing our electric buses says a lot about the ambitions of the airport. It is seamlessly linked to the overall picture of Norway as a front runner in electric travel in Europe,” Frank Reichel, CEO of VDL Bus & Coach Norway AS, said.
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