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VDL wins 55-strong Holland electric bus order

By Simon Warburton | 27 July 2018

Rotterdam public transport company, RET has ordered 55 Citeas Electric vehicles from VDL Bus & Coach.

The Citea SLF-120 Electric buses will be deployed for scheduled service in Rotterdam, Schiedam and Vlaardingen starting in late 2019. VDL Bus & Coach is also system supplier and will provide the charging infrastructure.

"With the preliminary award our transition to a sustainable bus fleet is one step closer," said RET MD, Maurice Unck.

"The 55 electric buses from VDL will be used on the shorter city lines. We are pleased to be able to contribute in this way to the shared sustainability objectives of the national government, the region and the RET."

For his part, VDL Groep president and chairman, Willem can der Leegte added: "This past year VDL has taken big steps to further strengthen our position as electric mobility transition partner.

"As European market leader, our fully electric buses have travelled over 11m kilometres. And... together with our partners, through the delivery of buses, charging infrastructure and project management, we are now also the first to contribute to the sustainability of the public urban transport in the Rotterdam region."