De Lijn orders 70 hybrid buses from VDL
Public transport company De Lijn has ordered 70 hybrid articulated buses from Dutch bus builder VDL, which has a production facility in Roeselare, Belgium. The company board approved the green investment of 37 million euros on Wednesday.
“The order fits in a larger agreement for the purchase of some 400 buses from VDL signed last year,” explains the Flemish Minister for Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld). The idea is to accelerate the greening and rejuvenation of De Lijn’s fleet. “We have the ambition to make public transport in the all regional capitals electric,” the Minister continues.
“Priority goes to the low-emission zones in Brussels and Antwerp,” she says. “The new buses will replace the Euro 2 and the older Euro 3 buses.” Hybrid buses combine electric batteries with a diesel engine. They’re more environmentally friendly and also quieter.
In December 2019, De Lijn already ordered a series of green buses, of which 200 hybrids. The company expects to have 270 new hybrid buses between 2020 and 2022. Then, almost one out of three buses of De Lijn will be green.