Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool will provide the Austrian city of Linz with 20 innovative tram-buses. These Exqui.City tram-buses are special in that they are wholly powered by electricity. With this new contract, the Van Hool tram-bus continues its advance in Europe.
Cities such as Metz, Barcelona, Parma, Geneva, Luxembourg, Malmö, Bergen and Hamburg have previously bought tram-buses. Linz is now the first city in Austria to modernise its public transport system with this innovative tram-bus.
100% electric and emission-free tram-bus
The new double-articulated tram-buses will be 100% electric. This is also a first for Van Hool. By combining two electric motors with battery-powered reserve drive, the tram-bus can seamlessly travel short distances without touching the electrical overhead lines, making the vehicles even more flexible.
They also produce zero emissions, a top priority for many cities.
The most modern tram-bus
This innovation means that the bus manufacturer from Koningshooikt once again sets itself apart in the particularly competitive market of top-of-the-range public transport.
“Linz will be home to Austria’s most modern tram-buses,” says Klaus Luger, the mayor of the city that has close to 20,000 inhabitants. “Thanks to these 20 electric tram-buses, we are setting new quality standards with regard to comfort, interior design and environmental protection.”
Boosting employment in Koningshooikt
“This major order is good news for Van Hool for two reasons,” says CEO Filip Van Hool. “Firstly, it is good news for the employees at our Koningshooikt site, where we must concentrate on producing vehicles with high added value, such as Exqui.City.”
“Secondly, the order confirms that our strategy of focusing on the development, production and sale of buses for high-quality public transport is bearing fruit.”
Even more orders in the near future
The initial prototypes of these tram-buses are scheduled to be delivered to Linz in the first half of 2017. All vehicles shall be operational within the city and its surroundings by late 2019.
Van Hool’s work does not stop there. New orders are expected to arrive in the coming weeks and months. “We are sure that you will hear more from us on this topic,” concludes an optimistic Filip Van Hool.