VDL Bus & Coach expands electric fleet  in Amsterdam to 75 VDL Citeas
Picture caption: Until the beginning of 2022, VDL Bus & Coach will deliver 44 VDL Citeas SLFA-180 Electric to GVB, Amsterdam’s public transport company

VDL Bus & Coach expands electric fleet in Amsterdam to 75 VDL Citeas

9 July 2021

The VDL fleet used for Amsterdam’s urban transport will be expanded to 75 vehicles. Until the beginning of next year, VDL Bus & Coach will deliver 44 VDL Citeas SLFA-180 Electric to GVB, Amsterdam’s public transport company. There are currently 31 electric VDL Citeas in the capital.

Amsterdam is working on further reducing CO2 emissions in the city. To that end, the municipality has developed the ‘2050 Climate-Neutral Amsterdam Roadmap’. Amsterdam aims to have reduced CO2 emissions by 5% in 2025, by 55% in 2030 and by 95% in 2050 compared to 1990 emissions. Part of this is that GVB will offer completely emission-free bus transport by 2025.

135,000 electric kilometres per day

‘This way, GVB makes a fantastic contribution to the objective of the city of Amsterdam,’ says Ard Romers, managing director of VDL Bus & Coach Nederland. ‘We’re proud that, based on the trust built up in recent years, we can continue our collaboration with the partners in this project. As a transition partner, we gladly use our experience and expertise. More than 900 VDL Citeas now cover more than 135,000 electric kilometres every day in a large number of European cities and regions. The fact that we can now supply e-buses for Amsterdam again is still very special, of course. The Netherlands is a forerunner in Europe in the electrification of public transport.’

Contributing to clean air

At the end of 2018, GVB and VDL Bus & Coach signed the contract for the delivery of 31 electric VDL Citeas, with an option for 69 additional zero-emission city buses. It concerns a close collaboration between the Amsterdam Transport Region as a contracting authority, the municipality of Amsterdam, GVB and VDL. The VDL Citeas started running in 2020. The series of buses consists of nine VDL Citeas SLF-120 Electric and 22 articulated VDL Citeas SLFA-180 Electric. The 44 electric VDL Citeas that VDL will deliver to GVB are articulated buses.

‘Despite COVID and all the uncertainties that we consequently face as an urban public transport operator, we think it is extremely important that the sustainability of our bus fleet continues,’ says Claudia Zuiderwijk, managing director of GVB. ‘It’s great that we get support from all parties involved. As an Amsterdam public transport operator, we believe it is our task to make a maximum contribution to the city’s sustainability objectives. Amsterdam is growing and as a public transport company, we want to keep the city accessible to everyone in a qualitative way. Electrifying our buses, and thus contributing to clean air, is an important part of that.’

Charging infrastructure

For the expansion to 75 VDL Citeas, VDL Bus & Coach is once again responsible for the implementation of the charging infrastructure. The 44 articulated vehicles will be equipped with a 422 kWh battery system. The e-buses will also have camera mirrors, which, in combination with two screens in the bus, enable the driver to participate better and safer in traffic. The vehicles are equipped with an electric wheelchair plateau, for travellers with a mobile disability.

A completely flat floor, a high degree of modularity, compact dimensions and excellent manoeuvrability make the Citea Low Floor Electric suitable for public transport in the city. The wide entrance and exit doors ensure maximum accessibility and make this type extremely suitable for large passenger flows at high frequencies.

New generation VDL Citea

VDL Bus & Coach has grown into one of the most important players in Europe in the field of e-mobility. VDL has been active in the field of electric transport for over 25 years. Since the introduction of the first Citea SLF-120 Electric bus in Geneva, during the UITP Mobility & City Transport trade fair in 2013, VDL Bus & Coach has strongly focused on electric mobility.

In 2020, VDL Bus & Coach continued its name as a leading transition partner on the road to zero-emission public transport. With more than 900 buses in 11 countries, delivered between 2015 and 2021, VDL Bus & Coach has a 20% market share in Europe. The 100 million electric kilometres achieved in February of this year result in a saving of more than 14.7 million kilogrammes of CO2 emissions.

In 2021, VDL Bus & Coach will present the new generation VDL Citea electric buses. Based on VDL’s vision, a bus concept has been developed, based entirely on an electric drive train that is ready for the future and, needless to say, produces zero emissions. VDL Bus & Coach is introducing various new features, including an innovative composite side wall construction that is 15% lighter than a conventional side wall. In all buses, the battery pack is incorporated into the floor. This provides for better weight distribution, greater stability (safety) and increases passenger capacity. The use of efficient components, light-weight construction, effective insulation, aerodynamic design and smart energy management reduces the vehicle’s energy consumption by as much as 30%.

About GVB

GVB provides public transport in and around Amsterdam. Before the corona outbreak, on an average working day, GVB transported approximately 938,0000 travellers by metro, tram and bus and by ferry across the IJ and North Sea Canal. GVB aims to transport passengers safely, hospitably and according to the timetable. The basic principle is that they feel comfortable, informed and valued. GVB uses all its experience to be a complete mobility partner for the city and the region. Together with various parties, GVB is working on an inviting, accessible and sustainable public transport network. The municipality of Amsterdam, the Transport Region and GVB together have the ambition to offer 100% emission-free bus transport by 2025. The Amsterdam metros and trams already run on 100% green energy and the first electric ferries are now in operation.