Belgium: De Lijn Invests in Depot Charging Infrastructure

Belgium transport operator, De Lijn has approved an order for extensive charging infrastructure for its bus depots.

Up to 1,600 new charging points are set to be provided by both TM SPIE-Ekoenergetyka and ABB, aiding De Lijn’s journey toward sustainability and operating a green fleet.

The initial order represents roughly 15.3 million EUR in investments
Director General of De Lijn Ann Schoubs, said:

“With this framework agreement, we are taking an important next step in the electrification of our depots.

“De Lijn has exclusively purchased electric buses since 2022. It goes without saying that these e-buses must be recharged daily.”

The company has committed to purchasing between 320 and 490 charging points in its initial order, representing an investment of 15.3 million EUR.

The agreed framework allows De Lijn to purchase the charging points for up to eight years, with orders being allocated between the two suppliers evenly. Future orders will see the two companies compete for the subsequent sub-assignments.

Flemish Minister Lydia Peeters, said:

“The purchase of the necessary charging infrastructure is a crucial step in this sustainable transition. We want to drive completely emission-free in Flanders as quickly as possible. That is why we continue to work on the complete greening of the bus fleet and the conversion of the depots, including the necessary charging infrastructure.”

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