As of Sunday, 11 December 2016, the Eindhoven area has one of the largest electric bus fleets in Europe. The new timetable was introduced on that day by passenger transport company Hermes, which is now running 43 innovative VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses. The vehicles do not release harmful emissions and are much quieter than regular buses. The buses are recharged when not in use, providing them with sufficient range for a whole day. VDL also supplied the charging stations and is delivering the electricity to them, in partnership with the power company. Therefore, in addition to supplying buses, VDL is also a system supplier.
The VDL Citea SLFA Electric is an 18.1 metre long electric articulated bus with an innovative, futuristic BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) design. Since the delivery of the 43 Citea SLFA Electric buses, Eindhoven in Netherlands North Brabant has one of the largest zero-emission bus fleets in Europe. The rapid transit – based on the ‘show up and go’ system – of the buses on certain lines is comparable to a tram system. These high-frequency lines serve the main destinations in Eindhoven, such as Eindhoven Airport and the High Tech Campus.
Within VDL Bus & Coach, VDL Bus Roeselare is the product owner of zero-emission buses. The production of these buses has also taken place in Roeselare and the forward-looking Research & Development department of VDL Bus Roeselare is still focusing exclusively on zero-emission buses.
About VDL Bus Roeselare and VDL Bus & Coach:
The former Jonckheere was renamed VDL Bus Roeselare a few years ago. Jonckheere was founded in 1881 as a family business, first as a builder of carriages, and it gradually developed into a reputed manufacturer of both city buses and coaches. In 1998 the company was taken over by VDL Groep. Within VDL, VDL Bus Roeselare is part of the VDL Bus & Coach division, which also runs manufacturing plants in Valkenswaard, Eindhoven, Venlo and Heerenveen.
Next to environmental awareness, VDL Bus & Coach also priotizes quality, safety, sustainability, low fuel consumption, comfort and low maintenance costs. Thanks to a worldwide network of sales and service outlets, VDL Bus & Coach has become one of the biggest bus manufacturers in Europe.