Belgium: De Lijn Orders 65 Articulated Iveco Electric Buses

De Lijn has ordered 65 articulated Iveco electric buses for use in Flanders, Belgium.

This contract is valued at 48 million EUR and will see the buses delivered in the first half of 2024.

De Lijn electric Buses
The Flemish transport company De Lijn has taken a new step in the greening of its fleet
Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works Lydia Peeters said:

“The greening of public transport in Flanders is an important measure in our ambition for healthier air and to actually tackle the climate challenges. With this order we are taking the next step in our ambitious greening program for De Lijn. The use of e-buses means the greening and modernisation of the fleet, with the aim of improving the air quality in Flanders and the travel experience for the customer.”

The 18-metre articulated buses can travel more than 300 kilometres on a single charge. They will then be charged with a CCS2 plug-in charger at the depot.

Each of the articulated buses will be able to transport over 110 passengers to meet De Lijn’s future capacity demands.

De Lijn Director-General Ann Schoubs said:

“De Lijn is also ordering articulated e-buses for the first time. Articulated buses are an important part of our fleet. Since they can carry over 110 customers, they are ideally suited to take more cars out of traffic during peak times. In order to motivate our customers even more to use public transport, we also pay attention to additional comfort and safety for our travellers and the driver with these articulated e-buses.”

The new buses feature a bright interior, optimised climate control, USB charging points, LED lighting, modern XL screens with real-time information and an electric ramp.

It is hoped that these assets will encourage more people to travel on public transport.

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