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VDL Bus & Coach participates in ZeEUS

On 23 January 2014, UITP (International Association of Public Transport) has launched the project ‘Zero Emission Urban Bus System (ZeEUS)’. This ground-breaking 42-month project aims at promoting electric buses and contributes to their introduction in Europe through extensive demonstrations. This significant UITP initiative is co-funded by the DG Mobility and Transport of the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration. VDL Bus & Coach participates with the VDL Citea Electric.

ZeEUS
UITP is coordinating a range of 40 partners from public transport operators and authorities to bus manufacturers, universities and even electric utility companies to demonstrate and evaluate electric vehicles of large capacity under real operational conditions. Also, infrastructure capable of providing the required charging energy to electric buses will be operated.
Innovative electric bus solutions with different electric power-train systems will be tested for 3 years in real operational scenarios in 8 European cities. ZeEUS’ analyses will help develop guidelines, tools and standardization concepts to support stakeholders in introducing electrified bus systems in their own cities.


Citea Electric

Electrification of urban bus systems
VDL Bus & Coach believes in the electrification of urban bus systems. This is one of the reasons to participate in the ZeEUS project. The demand for electric city buses will grow in the comming years. The white book and focus of cities for reducing emissions is very clear. Public transport will and has to contribute to a better environment in the inner cities. The ZeEUS project will present in a lot of practical information about electrification of urban bus systems. This will boost the much needed developments.
VDL Bus & Coach participates in the project for the city of Münster in Germany. This medium size city of 300,000 habitants, is an ideal site for a demonstration with a high capacity (approx. 85 passengers) battery-bus with true fast charging. The VDL Citea Electric is optimally suited for this job and will be deployed on bus-route 14. The 2 end stations of this route have fast charging stations. An extra fast charging station is available in the bus depot.


From left to right: Helmut Berends (Berends-Consult), Eckhard Schläfke (Stadtwerke Münster), Alex de Jong (VDL Bus & Coach)

Stadtwerke Münster GmbH
Stadtwerke Münster GmbH is responsible for the public service, as well for the public transport in Münster. The public service includes the supply of electricity, natural gas, district heating and drinking water. They also operate the bus network, the port and the street lighting in the city. As a municipal company, Stadtwerke see clearly the responsibility for air pollution in Münster. Electrification of urban bus systems is an integral part of the climate concept of Münster. 
 
VDL Citea Electric
The Citea Electric is a fully electric Citea SLF Low Floor with a length of 12 metres. The ability to choose from various electric drives and battery packages ensures that the most ideal and optimal combination can be selected for every deployment area, without consequences for accessibility, interior layout or comfort. The Citea Electric is not just another electric bus; it offers operators a unique range of possibilities for optimal configuration to match any operational requirements and wishes.

Valkenswaard, February 2014


VDL Bus & Coach bv
Marleen van Zeeland
Communications
+31 (0)40 208 44 14
m.van.zeeland@vdlbuscoach.com

VDL Bus & Coach bv
Alex de Jong
Business Manager Public Transport
+31 (0)40 208 44 00
a.de.jong@vdlbuscoach.com

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