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Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe puts first lightweight VDL Citeas LLE in service

On Friday 30 January 2015, BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) presented the VDL Citea LLE as new public transport bus for the city of Berlin. Following a two-year test phase, BVG placed an order for 236 Citeas LLE with VDL Bus & Coach in the summer of 2014. The first 40 Citeas from this order will be put in service starting in early February 2015, principally in south-west Berlin. “The new VDL buses are an excellent addition to our fleet. We modernize our fleet not only to acquire state-of-the-art technology, but also to make public transport more environmentally friendly. We are investing € 60.8 million in the VDL buses so we can continue to convey the residents of Berlin reliably and comfortably in the future,” said Dr Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, chairman of the board at BVG and director of operations.



The first VDL Citea LLE enters the BVG bus remise in Berlin.


VDL Citea LLE: innovative lightweight concept
For the VDL buses with a lightweight construction the focus is on achieving better fuel economy and the resulting emissions reductions. Naturally the buses also continue to meet the highest safety standards. The Citea LLE has a net weight of approximately 9 tonnes, and according to BVG's own tests consumes 20% less diesel fuel than comparable products, which equates to a reduction of around 18 tonnes of harmful substance emissions per year, per vehicle. The combination VDL Citea LLE Euro 6 and a consumption reduction of 20% also cuts NOx emissions by 95%. With this level of performance, the Citea meets requirements normally placed on vehicles with hybrid technology, without the additional expense related to that technology or the associated costs for workshops and infrastructure. This represents a major step for BVG towards achieving their corporate objective of reducing CO2 emissions by 20% in the period from 2010 to 2020. The company also supports the plans of the city government of Berlin to make the city climate-neutral by 2050.



Improved passenger comfort
The Citeas LLE for BVG offer space for 38 seated passengers and 32 standing passengers. The interior is bright and inviting. A high-contrast, black and white LED destination sign makes it easier to see the route progress information, even for the visually impaired. An acoustic signal also alerts them when the stop button has been pressed. The low floor construction at the entry and exit doors provides optimal accessibility for wheelchair users and passengers with baby buggies. To make entry and egress even easier, the entire VDL Citea kneels evenly at stops. Passenger flow is further improved by the lack of any floor height changes between the entry and exit.

The Berlin Transport Authority (BVG)
BVG operates the public transport network in Berlin and surrounding region. Currently more than 1,300 buses are in service, which together with the tram and metro bring approximately 970 million passengers to their destinations annually. This makes the Berlin Transport Authority the largest operator of buses in the German-speaking region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). Each year BVG's buses, trams and metros travel more than 125 million kilometres, the equivalent of circling the globe nearly 8.5 times a day.

Valkenswaard, February 2015


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Silke Tödter
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