Dutch public transport company Connexxion has placed an order with VDL Bus & Coach for no fewer than 100 Citeas SLFA Electric.

This is the largest order for electric buses in VDL's history and gives Connexxion and its parent company Transdev the largest electric bus fleet in Europe. The order also includes 18 VDL Futuras FDD2. It is the first time that doubledeckers will be used for public transport in the Netherlands.

All the buses and coaches are destined for the Amstelland-Meerlanden concession in the province of North Holland, a concession characterized by huge passenger demand. "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.

Ard Romers, director VDL Bus & Coach Nederland says, "We want to be the top specialist in the field of E-Mobility. This past year we have taken big steps towards further strengthening our position. We also offer customization to meet the wishes and requirements of a transport operator. The use of Futura double-deck coaches for very busy line service routes is a good example of this. We are therefore particularly proud of this mega-order for a total of 118 vehicles."

April 14, 2017 Driving photo: VDL

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