VDL delivers five electric buses to De Lijn

Flemish public transport company De Lijn has taken delivery of the first five of 24 electric buses from VDL. The vehicles are new-generation Citeas and will be used in the Ghent region.

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The five new electric buses are stationed at De Lijn’s Destelbergen depot. Another five of VDL electric buses will arrive there in the coming weeks and months.The remaining 14 electric vehicles will be deployed from the Sint-Niklaas depot. De Lijn has not given any details about the expected delivery date.

The order for the electric Citea buses dates back to the end of 2021, when De Lijn ordered 60 electric buses – 36 from Van Hool and 24 from VDL. These are each 12-metre-long solo buses. At the time, the company ordered the necessary charging infrastructure in equal parts from the providers Spie-Ekoenergetyka and Heliox.

The Flemish transport company wants to make its entire fleet emission-free by 2035. The 60 electric buses were the first firmly awarded contract in a framework tender for 350 all-electric buses and the charging infrastructure required to operate them, which was publicised in June 2021. Since 2019, the company has exclusively procured buses with alternative drive systems. Initially, however, these were only buses with hybrid drives – for example, 200 hybrid buses from VDL.

sustainable-bus.com, delijn.prezly.com


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