VDL Bus & Coach Announce First Electric Articulated Buses For KVB Cologne

JUL 29 2014 BY MARK KANE 1

ICE version of VDL Citea SLFA

ICE version of VDL Citea SLFA

VDL Bus & Coach, a bus manufacturer from Netherlands, announced the world premiere of its first electric articulated buses for KVB Cologne, Germany.

It’s long, has a completely flat floor, all-electric drivetrain, has new special ‘BRT’ design to give it a futuristic look and feel and can be charged quickly via roof-mounted system.

Eight of those buses were ordered by passenger transport company KVB (Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe) this month and should be delivered to Cologne in approximately one year.

“KVB is one of the first companies in Germany to introduce electric mobility for an entire bus route. VDL Bus & Coach is particularly proud to have received the order to develop and produce a new bus version that meets all of KVB’s requirements. The jumping-off points are the VDL Citea SLFA, an articulated bus with a length of 18 metres, and the Citea Electric, which offers the most ideal solution for every deployment. In total, eight electric articulated buses will be built with an updated, futuristic BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) design. The test phases for the first electric articulated buses will begin in the summer and autumn of 2015. The VDL Citea SLFA Electric with its futuristic appearance will be a striking presence in the Cologne cityscape.”

According to the press release, VDL Citea SLFA Electric has a pantograph, but not for power supply on the route like trolleys, but for battery charging at the end of each run. This should replenish the state of charge, but full charging will occur every night.

Here is more description on the latest EV from VDL:

VDL Citea SLFA Electric
The new, innovative VDL Citea SLFA Electric combines the best features of the Citea Electric and the articulated Citea SLFA. The modular system from which the Citea range is built will play a major role in the development of this electric variant. This will allow easy integration of the electric components without compromising the essential Citea qualities, such as lightweight construction, optimum accessibility and comfort. An aspect that is beneficial to both comfort and the environment is the fact that the VDL Citea Electric is very quiet, both inside and outside the bus.

The VDL Citea articulated, with its completely flat floor, is ideal for the transport of large numbers of passengers. The low floor construction makes it exceptionally easy to enter the bus and offers optimal access, for travellers with a baby buggy or wheelchair for example. This applies both to the front section of the bus and the section ‘behind the bellows’. During the design of the Citea SLFA considerable attention was given to the flow of passengers from the entry door and to the exit doors. Harmoniously matched colours give the bus a very spacious feeling. The cantilever seat design (free-hanging seats) ensures plenty of leg room and therefore optimal sitting comfort. Since the entire floor is free of obstacles, the buses are easy to clean.

BRT design
The new, special ‘BRT’ design gives the Citea SLFA Electric a futuristic look and feel. This manifests itself, in particular, in the rearward leaning windscreen and the characteristic roof line. Destination signs are integrated into the windscreen, rear window and side windows. The entry door is extra wide to facilitate entry and egress and promote passenger flow here too. The wheel covers on the 2nd and 3rd axles complete the attractive appearance of this new Citea variant

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vadik_veselovsky

The future is now, or at least 2015. Way to go, Cologne.

There should be an ebus program in every major city in the world.