VDL Roeselare to build electrical buses for Leipzig
VDL Roeselare, the coach manufacturer, based in the Belgian city of Roeselare, is allowed to supply electric buses to the German city of Leipzig. VDL announced this on Monday, May 11th.
Made in Belgium
VDL Roeselare is the former Jonckheere company, now part of the Dutch VDL Group, with headquarters in Eindhoven. The manufacturer also has a production facility in the Dutch town of Born (VDL Nedcar). As of today, the company from Roeselare is 100% operational again. Its order book is already filled until the first quarter of next year.
It concerns 21 electric buses with associated charging infrastructure. The vehicles will be delivered from the end of 2020. All the buses will be manufactured in West Flanders by VDL Bus Roeselare, confirms director Peter Wouters.
E-bus, ideal for city center
The 21 VDL Citeas SLF-120 Electric models are 12 meters long and equipped with a 216 kWh battery pack. The vehicles have a three-door configuration. As a result, this e-bus has an optimal passenger flow and is, therefore, ideally suited to busier city and regional transport environments. The vehicles are quickly recharged using the pantograph on the roof during the day. At night, the buses are charged in the charging depot.
130 000 electric kilometers daily
With ‘more than 50 million electric kilometers on the clock’, VDL Bus & Coach bv claims to be the market leader in the field of electric bus transport. 670 Citeas Electric across Europe cover more than 130 000 electric kilometers every day, providing more and more experience with electric driving.