50 VDL electric buses ordered for Northern Germany

The city of Kiel in Northern Germany has odered more buses with Dutch manufacturer VDL. The tender for the 50 electrc buses was awarded after the public transport provider launched an Europe-wide tender.

Image: Kieler Verkehrsgesellschaft

On the coastal city of Kiel in the North of Germany, public transport provider Kieler Verkehrsgesellschaft (KVG) is ordering another 50 electric buses from Dutch manufacturer VDL. Starting next July, three to five new electric buses will be delivered to the capital of Schleswig-Holstein every month for a year (July 2024 – June 2025).

The order includes 30 Citea LF-181 articulated electric buses and 20 Citea LF-122 electric solo buses, each of the latest generation. The buses are priced at 800,000 euros for an articulated bus and 600,000 euros for a solo bus.

“In total, we are talking about an investment of more than 37 million euros for climate protection, with subsidies of around 15 million euros approved by the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV),” says KVG Managing Director Andreas Schulz.

KVG ordered electric buses from VDL in 2019. At that time, they were fully electric articulated buses of the type Citea SLFA-187 Electric. In 2021, VDL was also awarded the contract for eleven more electric buses from Kiel.

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