VDL Bus & Coach has demonstrated that its new generation Citea electric bus can cover a distance of more than 500 kilometres during 24 hours of continuous driving, while mirroring realistic operating conditions.
During the ‘MaxiMile Challenge,’ the LF-122 new generation Citea proved its ability to deliver energy efficiency and extended range.
The test started at VDL Bus & Coach’s facility in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands at 1pm on 10 September.
The model was equipped with a 490 kWh battery pack and was loaded to 16,500 kilograms to simulate a realistic number of passengers.
“The question the market always asks is what distance is feasible in reality. That is one of the reasons why we conduct this test; to build confidence prior to purchase and to show that we carry out trials and share the findings. And, of course, we want to achieve the best possible result. But there is no added value for the operator of our vehicles if we deliver a result for which the scope does not paint a realistic picture. Instead, we want to prove that in deployment, in the way our customers use the vehicle, our new generation Citea does what it promises. Hence, among other things, the weighting of the vehicle; also important, however, are the number of stops per kilometre and the most realistic speed possible. The faster a vehicle travels with as few stops as possible, the more efficient its consumption. But that is not the objective.”
Over the 24-hour period, VDL Bus & Coach tested the vehicle on several bus routes in Eindhoven and the surrounding area. The vehicle stopped at all bus stops along the routes.
The test also included driver changeovers at Eindhoven Station after four consecutive hours of driving.
The broken down results of the test are as followed:
By the time the test ended at 3.14pm, the vehicle had travelled a distance of 546.7 kilometres over 26 hours and 14 minutes. It took an average of 1.4 stops per kilometre and operated at an average speed of 20.84 kilometres per hour.
This test took place on some of the warmest days of late summer, with temperatures reaching around 30 degrees Celsius during the day and dropping to 21 degrees Celsius at night.
VDL states that this test demonstrates that the new generation Citea performs as promised, achieving a distance of nearly 550 kilometres without interim charging.
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