VDL to Supply 84 Electric Citeas to GVB Amsterdam

The Gemeente Vervoerbedrijf Amsterdam (GVB) has awarded a contract to VDL Bus & Coach for 84 electric VDL Citeas, with the option to order an additional 130 units.

In 2023, VDL Bus & Coach will deliver 30 articulated LF-181 VDL Citeas and 54 LF-122 VDL Citeas to GVB, Amsterdam’s public transport operator. These latest models feature an efficient energy management system, a sophisticated climate control unit, and an ergonomic driver’s environment. VDL will also implement the accompanying charging infrastructure to support the city’s expanding electric bus fleet.

VDL’s new generation of electric Citeas has been developed entirely based on an electric drive train to offer zero-emission transport
President Willem van der Leegte of VDL Groep said:

“With the development of the new generation VDL Citea, we have developed a versatile mobility platform that matches the sustainability ambitions of our customers. That also applies to GVB. In this way, we will remain at the forefront of the public transport market, where we are leading the way in Europe on the basis of our more than 150 million electric kilometres driven. By signing this contract, we are making an important contribution to making Amsterdam an even cleaner city for its residents and visitors, based on our collaborative strength. We are proud to be able to supply buses to our capital city again. GVB and VDL have been working together for many years. The fact that this cooperation is continuing is a sign of its success.”

GVB has been using electric buses since the end of 2019 and currently operates 44 units, with an additional 31 due to enter service this summer. These orders are in line with the city’s mission to reduce CO2 emissions and offer completely emission-free bus transport by 2025. Amsterdam’s subways and trams already run on 100 percent green electricity and the first electric ferries are also in operation.

Claudia Zuiderwijk, Managing Director GVB said:

“This order is a good step towards nicer, cleaner and more sustainable public transport in Amsterdam. More and more inhabitants of Amsterdam will experience how the droning acceleration of buses is disappearing from the city and that the air is cleaner when they cycle or walk around.”

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