Roeselare based VDL Bus & Coach has received its largest order ever. Over the next few years, it will supply the Dutch public transport company Connexxion with as many as 100 electric buses.
It will deliver a hundred electric buses to Dutch public transport company Connexxion, immediately setting a record in the Netherlands. Once the order is complete, Connexxion will have the largest fleet of electric buses in Europe.
Leader in electric mobility
According to plant manager Peter Wouters, this is “wonderful news” for VDL Bus Roeselare.
“This is the largest order for electric buses with fast charging technology to date,” says Wouters. “This confirms our leading position in electric mobility.”
Late last year, VDL Bus Roeselare already landed a contract for 43 electric buses for the Eindhoven region (Eindhoven area puts 43 electric buses in service – built by VDL Bus Roeselare).
Production anchored in Western Europe
Good news from the VDL Group in the Netherlands after Willem van der Leegte took over from his father in November. The son, too, wants to keep the manufacturing in Western Europe. “We prefer to stay close to home,” Van der Leegte told Trends. “It’s easier to communicate in your mother tongue. It feels better. It requires less energy. It’s about the pride that I see in the eyes of our people when I meet them in the supermarket.”
24 hours a day
The buses will have their batteries topped up periodically so they can operate 24 hours a day.
“This is the first stage in the transition to completely emission-free public transport for Amstelland-Meerlanden. Naturally, we are using all we have learned in the South-east Brabant concession, where VDL successfully supplied us with 43 articulated Citeas Electric. Therefore, we have every confidence in the product and the collaboration with VDL,” says Eric van Eijndhoven, public transport director for Connexxion.
Read the full press release here: 100 electric VDL Citeas and 18 VDL Futura double-deckers for Connexxion.