Monday 6 July 2020
Vantura Systems


The first electric VDL bus

The first electric bus of VDL Bus & Coach, the VDL Citea Electric, is introduced during the UITP Mobility & City Transport in Geneva (27 to 30 30 May 2013). This is a fully electric bus is the Citea SLF Low Floor with a length of 12 metres. The operator has the ability to choose from various electric drives and battery packages, without consequences for accessibility, interior layout or comfort. The Citea Electric has the possibilities for optimal configuration to match any operational requirements and wishes of the operator.

Various electric drive systems 

When selecting options for the Citea Electric, one can choose from various electric drive systems. The variant with a large battery charged via a plug-in connection is most suitable for use over longer distances without interim recharging. This does, however, limit the number of passengers. If the operator opts for a more flexible concept, without consequences for the number of passengers and which is recharged periodically during operation, there are more possibilities. In this case a relatively small battery can be combined with various quick-charging methods, such as induction, trolley or plug-in. For optimum operation the ‘range extender’ can be added, which makes it possible to cover distances of more than 200 km on a single charge. Adding a range extender has no consequences for the number of passengers or the comfort. A big advantage is that investment in infrastructure is kept to a minimum. As energy storage medium, choices include fuel cell, battery or diesel generator. 

The modular system from which the Citea range is built also played a large role in the development of this electric variant. This approach allowed the electric elements to be integrated without compromising the essential Citea features, such as lightweight construction, optimized accessibility and comfort. An aspect that is both beneficial to comfort and an additional win for the environment is the fact that the VDL Citea Electric is very quiet. This holds true both inside and outside the bus. 

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