The Belgian transport company De Lijn has ordered 200 hybrid buses from VDL Bus & Coach. The order comprises 80 Citea SLE-120 Hybrid and 120 Citea SLFA-180 Hybrid, which will be used at various locations in Flanders, Belgium. The buses will always be powered electrically since the diesel is only used as a generator.
The Dutch manufacturer DAF now also offers its CF Electric electric truck as a three-axle truck with a gross vehicle weight of 28 tonnes. The first examples will be tested this year as refuse trucks by the Dutch waste disposal companies HVC and ROVA.
In an applied project, VDL and Siemens are jointly investigating how vehicle technologies, energy storage systems and charging systems interact. The focus is on efficient and flexible charging processes in depots of electric buses and trucks.
The European Investment Bank has granted a loan of 115 million euros to public transport operator RET in Rotterdam. RET will primarily be using these funds to purchase 105 electric and 103 hybrid buses, along with the associated charging infrastructure.
ABB has received an order to supply and commission the charging infrastructure for a VDL fleet of autonomous electric logistics vehicles at the new Tuas Port in Singapore. Delivery is scheduled to take place between September 2020 and August 2022.
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.
VDL Bus & Coach expands the product range of its “Citea Electric” family. The Citea XLE-145 Electric uses the modular VDL concept and is intended to offer customers a higher passenger capacity than the other low-entry models.
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.
Transit operator Keolis has begun to gather real-life experience with electric transport as the first VDL Citea Electric bus was put in service in Orléans, France. Keolis operates the articulated e-bus on various lines.
Qbuzz, the public transport operator in the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drente, have ordered no less than 160 electric buses. 60 should come from Ebusco, 45 from VDL and 55 from Heuliez. The buses should be in service from mid-December.
The Dutch company, VDL Bus & Coach, is expanding its Citea Electric bus series with the 11.5-metre long Light Low Entry Electric. The Citea LLE-115 Electric is available with various charging options, door configurations and flexible interior.
Amsterdam’s public transport operator GVB has ordered 31 electric buses from VDL Bus & Coach with the option for another 69 Citea models. The signed deal also includes charging infrastructure with service to start in 2020.
VDL Bus & Coach has received a new order for 143 Citea buses from public transport operator RET in Rotterdam, including 103 Citea SLE-120 Hybrid buses. It is a follow up to an order of 55 Citea Electric buses they had already agreed on a few months ago.
Dutch DAF is showing two electric trucks in Hanover. Also joining the LF Electric and CF Electric is the CF Hybrid and the company now released data on the performance of their low emission portfolio of utility vehicles.
Arriva Danmark has turned to VDL to order 21 electric buses. Model Citea SLFA-180 Electric is the first articulated e-bus ever to arrive in Denmark and will serve in Copenhagen starting in December 2019. Moreover, the order presents a milestone for VDL.
VDL Bus & Coach widens their electric bus range as they add a 12 and 12.9 metre low entry model of the Citea Electric. This expansion also includes a new battery as well as charging option via pantograph.
VDL Bus & Coach has received an order from Rotterdam, where public transit operator Ret is expecting the arrival of 55 all-electric buses by 2019. The order includes charging infrastructure. Moreover, Ret is looking to buy 100 hybrid buses this year.
VDL Bus & Coach has received an order from Flanders. Transport operator De Lijn wants to buy 146 buses in total, among them a large batch of hybrid models and some all-electric ones to arrive early next year. The buses will serve on routes in Ghent and Leuven.
The Dutch bus manufacturer has won a bidding process for the deal to deliver 25 electric buses to Umeå in Sweden. VDL was selected as a system supplier, meaning they will not only deliver the 25 Citeas SLFA-180 buses as well as the charging stations, but will also cover implementation.
Dutch DAF has turned to VDL as they want to electrify their truck business. VDL delivers the EV system including a 170 kWh battery and the electric semi is to haul up to 40 tons through cities. A small number of e-trucks will take up service at selected clients this year.
VDL has received its largest bus order from Scandinavia to date and it comes from Oslo bus operator Unibuss. The Norwegian company carries the lion’s share of the electrification offensive underway in Norway’s capital.
100 electric buses can now be charged at the “world’s largest charge depot” as Heliox brings 109 fast-charging stations online, including 24 with 450 kW. The electric bendy buses come from VDL and will serve on 6 routes around Schiphol Airport 24/7.
7 Citeas Electric buses have arrived in Luxembourg’s municipality of Bettembourg, making this the largest electric fleet currently operating in the country. It is VDL’s first order for e-buses including charging infrastructure in the tiny Grand Duchy.
Wiesbaden, the capital of the state of Hesse reportedly wants to electrify its entire bus fleet of by 2022. The tender had been open since last August and the public transport provider (ESWE) had wanted to take a decision by now. However, the catalogue just got extended and tougher.
Tesla’s Semi inspires others to follow suit and it is Dutch VDL and DAF announcing their first electric truck. DAF delivers the base while VDL adds the electric motor and battery pack for what is their first foray into the electric heavy weight class.
E-bus order: Dutch public transport company Qbuzz has ordered ten articulated electric buses and charging infrastructure from VDL Bus & Coach. The will be deployed in Groningen from December. vdlbuscoach.com
Next level convenience: Seven-Eleven plans to supply its 19,000 convenience stores in Japan with electric trucks from Mitsubishi. Production will only start this autumn but Seven-Eleven hopes to deploy the first 25 EVs still this year in and around Tokyo. asia.nikkei.com
Doubling charging stations: Boulder, Colorado invests 100,000 dollars from the Regional Air Quality Council into an update of existing and installation of new EV charging facilities in public parking lots to increase their number from now 22 to 46. dailycamera.com
Crowd ready to invest in H2 stations? 20m dollars are the target of a crowdfunding campaign by Californian HyGen Industries. The supplier of renewable H2 fuel wants to use the money to install more hydrogen filling stations. hydrogenfuelnews.com, banklesstimes.com, startengine.com
Europe’s biggest e-bus fleet: As previously announced, the 43 VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses began operations in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond over the weekend. Charging infrastructure will also be provided by VDL. It is already the largest all-electric bus fleet in Europe and the Nordbrabant region wants to electrify its entire public transport offering by 2025. automotiveworld.com, vdlbuscoach.com
Charging along motorways: The French motorway association ASFA announced that a total of 200 fast-chargers will be installed along major expressways by 2017, essentially giving EV drivers a place to plug in every 80 kilometres. Moreover, the energy available will be 100 percent renewable. welt.de (in German), caradisiac.com (in French)
Volvo unveils hybrid double-decker bus: The Volvo B5LHC Double Deck Electric Hybrid, which will hit the road in London next year. The top deck is provided by Wrightbus. The new double-decker can go around seven kilometres on electricity alone and has room for a maximum of 87 passengers. auto-medienportal.net (in German)
Back-up battery: Fortum has opened a charging facility in Oslo, featuring 100 chargers with 22 kW, as well as two DC CHAdeMO and CCS chargers. It is also fitted with a battery reserve said balance power loads in order not to put any strain on the grid. renewableenergymagazine.com
Putting ChargePoint on the map: Apple added more than 30,000 EV charging stations from ChargePoint to its own Apple Maps system. The icons also include links to initiate charging, as well hours of operations and pricing. electrek.co
Reaching NYC: BMW’s new carsharing scheme ReachNow has arrived in the Big Apple. Residents of two luxury apartment buildings can now share four electric BMW i3, as well as two BMW 3-Series sedans. Two ChargePoint charges are already available at the location, with BMW installing a third place to plug in. nydailynews.com
BMW pushes electrification: Details on Project i20 or iNext were revealed. The new fully electric BMW expected for 2021 will have different motors ranging from 100 bis 182 kW. It will run autonomously by 2025. Also, the i3 and i8 will be succeeded comes 2022. By then, the i8 may become available as EV, powered by three electric drives with a combined output of 522 kW and a range of 500 km. automobilemag.com
Another Audi-Porsche plug-in? A Cayenne coupé is in the cards, which Autocar believes could be offered as an electric variant utilising technology from Audi’s electric SUV. The idea would complement the latest news of a potential Porsche E-SUV. autocar.co.uk
Mitsubishi plug-in push: The Japanese plan an compact plug-in hybrid SUV to be followed by a fully electric ASX, according to a product brochure outlining models to launch between 2017 and 2020. Mitsubishi also mentions two more, smaller EVs but released no further details. insideevs.com, mitsubishi-motors.com
Electric shuttle bus: A Kreisel electric drive powers the VDL MidBasic Electric to premier at the IAA. Built by VDL Bus & Coach and based on a Mercedes Sprinter, the electric mini-bus seats nine and shall go as far as 300 km on one charge. The Kreisel power packs have capacities of 72 or 92 kWh. automotiveworld.com, vdlbuscoach.com
Entertaining EV production: LeEco will invest 1.8bn dollars in building an electric car factory near the city of Hangzhou, where 400,000 units shall roll off the lines per year. The production facility would become part of what LeEco calls an Eco Experience Park with connected EVs and other fun attractions next to offices. No date for construction has been set by the manufacturer. reuters.com