Netherlands operator EBS has put 10 electric VDL Citeas SLFA-181 into service on its regional transport operation in the Waterland region. The electric buses will be deployed on R-net line 316 between Amsterdam and Edam-Volendam. The buses will each cover 135,000 electric kilometres a year and serve commuters as well as tourists.
“We are proud that, as supplier of the electric buses, we are making a major contribution to the further sustainability of public transport in the Netherlands,” says Ard Romers, managing director VDL Bus & Coach Nederland. “Through the deployment of these electric buses on line 316, we and our partners, EBS and concession grantor Amsterdam Transport Region, are demonstrating even more possibilities for electrification of bus transport.”
The VDL Citeas SLFA-181 have three doors in a BRT-style design with capacity for 50 seated and 80 standing passengers.
The buses’ batteries have a capacity of 169kWh and are charged at the Edam bus station during the day using rapid chargers with a maximum capacity of 450kW. On a full charge, the buses should be able to make the round trip from Edam via Volendam to Amsterdam Central Station twice, according to VDL. And after a charging session of less than 15 minutes the bus will be fully recharged. At night the buses are charged with a maximum power of 30 kW at the Purmerend depot.