VDL Bus Deliver Electric Citea Bus With Heliox CCS 700 Volt Fast Charger

MAR 31 2015 BY MARK KANE 9

Heliox CCS 700V fast charger

Heliox CCS 700V fast charger

Dutch company VDL Bus and Coach delivered one of its first electric buses, Citea Electric, to Swedish transport operator Byberg & Nordin.

According to Green Car Congress, the bus will be using a DC fast charger with Combined Charging System (CCS) plug – the same as in case of cars.

Manufacturer of the charger, Heliox, offers power up to 120 kW at 700 V DC.

120 kW is on par with Tesla Superchargers.

Heliox offers higher power (up to 500 kW chargers for buses), but those utilize pantographs.

Here is video presenting VDL Citea Electric from last year ago (in Dutch – Mod Edit: or rather in German):

Source: Green Car Congress

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9 Comments on "VDL Bus Deliver Electric Citea Bus With Heliox CCS 700 Volt Fast Charger"

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What’s this bus’s range?

The range of the concept-bus in the video is 70-80km
11,560 kg total weight
2*100 kW electrical drive (in-wheel motors)
in the video it is stated, that different configurations will be available

I really hope to see more electric busses on the market. We had one Solaris electric bus here in Bonn (Germany) for a test period, and as I am living in a flat really close to the bus-stop I can state that noise emission from that diesel busses can sometimes be annoying. As the electric busses produce nearly no noise when stopped (except for some probably pneumatic-related noise…) the bus companys could help to increase urban living quality by investing in e-busses. The bus drivers I talked to were quite positive-minded towards that Solaris bus, he said it was more relaxed to drive that silently.

We have also here in Finland a new electric bus start-up and they are probably soon ready to announce their product.

Therefore, think that there are several companies working below radar, because market expansion will very fast. My prediction is that by 2022 new Diesel buses are forbidden globally.

Wow, 125kW through a CCS plug.

CCS is supposed to be dimensioned for at least 170 kW. So hopefully we will see numbers at least close to that in the near future.

I don’t speak German, but I saw nothing about 125kW through a CCS.

The Menekkes Type 2 plug that they use in the video is specifically labeled 32 amps and is NOT a CCS inlet or plug.

The bus obviously doesn’t wiegh 11.65kg (about 25 pounds, or the weight of a sack of potatoes).

The “tare”, or empty weight of the bus is 11.56 “metric tonnes”, or about 25,000 pounds / 11.5 tons. The video does not state the gross weight.

There is a single 85kWh battery, the same as a Tesla Model S-85.

The range is 75km, or about 40 miles… 2.0kWh per mile!! The Tesla Model S consumes about 0.333kWh per mile.

The total power is 2 motors at 100kW (about 75 horsepower each) for a total of 200kW / 155hp.

The Tesla Model S85D is 691 horsepower.

Video is in German, not Dutch.

Nice bus though!

An order for 2 BYD buses have been made too to run in the city of Eskilstuna, Sweden.

The first BYD bus order in Scandinavia. Delivery in December.


And the first three electric buses in Sweden from the british company Optare should have been delivered to Karlstad by now.

Volvo and Scania better keep up because the domestic market is not protected nor will it wait when there are other options available.

The CCS power DC power pins are 200 amp rated, so “up to” 140kW should be possible at 700 volts.

There’s just one hitch… the CCS design is not rated for over 500 volts.

By the way, the same is true of ANY of the charging protocols. If you use more amperage or higher voltage than it was designed for, yes, you’ll get a big number.

Tesla Supercharger, by the way, is well over 300 amps, therefore at 700 volts would be 210kW !!!

Aren’t numbers fun?