The world is changing and markets are in a real state of flux. Human mobility is becoming increasingly important, every day. VDL Bus & Coach is responding to those needs, by supplying specific custom-made solutions that contribute to improved quality of life in our cities and more comfortable travel, in a more sustainable world. Day in day out, the VDL Citea Electric is proving its value in various cities around Europe, in daily operation, now already totalling 4 million electric kilometres on the clock. The Citea LLE and the complete Futura range guarantee the lowest TCO on the market and more Profit of Ownership, due to lower total weight for less fuel consumption, less emission of harmful substances and lower maintenance costs.
During Busworld 2017, VDL Bus & Coach will be presenting its entire product range, from the latest developments in E-Mobility through to the lightweight Citea LLE 12.7 metre and from the luxury 14.1 metre Futura double-decker through to the compact MidCity midibus. Busworld 2017 will be held between 20 and 25 October in Kortrijk, Belgium. The VDL Bus & Coach stand, stand 404, is in hall 4.
Experience the VDL Citea Electric
E-Mobility is developing at lightning pace. In the transition to zero emission public transport, the key is not only buses but above all turn-key public transport systems. VDL Bus & Coach, as Western European market leader for E-Mobility, is focusing increasingly on its role as transition partner for the complete range, and at Busworld 2017 will be presenting a number of electric public transport systems. Experience daily zero emission operation in a whole raft of cities, definitive proof from VDL that small-scale test projects are a thing of the past. During Busworld, you will experience just how far zero emission bus operation has come. Be amazed by the experience and expertise already accrued by VDL. The specific approach to managing the transition to zero emission public transport developed by VDL starts with a thorough analysis of requirements. That analysis is converted into a zero emission operation recommendation, in which the entire process of implementation and maintenance is also fully managed.
The VDL Citea SLFA Electric is an electric articulated bus with a length of 18.1 metres, built according to an innovative, futuristic BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) design. The VDL Citea SLFA Electric in fact recently received the 2017 Red Dot Award. The Red Dot Award is a prestigious international design prize presented annually by the ‘Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen’ in Essen, Germany. The VDL Citea Electric was prize winner in the category ‘Product Design’. The jury unanimously praised the innovative design of the articulated VDL Citea SLFA; living proof that electric public transport of the future is already possible, today. The deployment of this bus for daily operation in various Dutch and German cities has already put millions of electric kilometres on the clock. A
never before seen model of the Citea SLFA-181 Electric will be on display at the VDL Bus & Coach stand.
Take a test ride and enjoy for yourself the always fascinating experience of travelling in a pure electric bus. A VDL Citea SLF-120 Electric, designed and built according to the state of the art technology, will be available for test rides at Busworld 2017.
Another zero emission public transport system will be displayed on the outdoor site, in the form of a VDL Citea LLE-99 Electric, including rapid charging station. This model was specially developed for the less busy city and regional bus lines, so these areas too can profit from zero emission public transport. At a length of 9.9 metres and with a particularly friendly design look, this bus ties in perfectly with the image that many villages and small towns have in mind.
The lightweight champion VDL Citea LLE
The VDL Bus & Coach stand will also feature a Citea LLE-127, which at a length of 12.7 metres is the longest Citea LLE variant. The extended wheelbase offers space for 4 additional seats as compared with the 12-metre variant. Compared with similar buses with the same number of seats, the Citea LLE-127 also enjoys the advantages of a low total weight, lower fuel consumption, less emission of harmful substances, lower maintenance costs and as a consequence, the lowest TCO on the market, and higher Profit of Ownership.
The VDL Citea LLE is the lightweight champion in the VDL Bus & Coach product range and for years has been the lightest low-entry bus on the market. New developments have once again helped reduce the unladen weight, making this latest variant even lighter. Unladen, the fully equipped 12-metre model weighs less than 9,000 kilo, at least 2 tonnes less than any similar bus type. This low unladen weight results in very favourable fuel consumption, which in turn means massively reduced emissions of CO2, fine dust particulate and NOx.
As well as the unladen weight reduction, together with the Start-Stop function and an integrated regeneration system, a reduction in fuel consumption of between 4% and 8% has been achieved, as compared with the previous generation LLEs. This is further confirmation of VDL’s leading position in the field of fuel consumption and CO2 reduction.
The LLE version on display is a 3-door version with a dynamic interior that perfectly combines a variety of travel options. The interior is also finished in a modern colourway, that makes the passengers feel entirely at home.