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VDL Bus & Coach wins e-bus tender in Sweden

Umeå municipality in Sweden has announced that VDL Bus & Coach is the winner of the tender for 25 electric buses. This is VDL's largest electric bus order for Sweden. VDL has been selected as system supplier, which means the company will not only deliver the 25 Citeas SLFA-180 and the charging stations but will also be responsible for the implementation.

Electric articulated buses for city operation
The buses will be used for city operation in Umeå on lines 1 and 8. Umeå is the largest city in northern Sweden and also one of Swedennb 's fastest growing cities. The bus service in Umeå is provided by Transdev Sverige AB. The buses will be put in service in June 2019.

“We are very proud to have won this tender and look forward to achieving the transition to zero emission public transport with Umeå municipality and Transdev Sverige. As European market leader in the area of e-mobility, we have tremendous experience with the large-scale implementation of electric buses. Thanks to this experience we can achieve our ambition of also being seen in Sweden as the ideal transition partner for efficient zero emission public transport systems,” says Sami Ojamo, Interim Managing Director of VDL Bus & Coach Sweden.

Bus and system supplier
The 25 VDL Citeas SLFA-180 have a roof-mounted pantograph with a 169 kW battery, 48 seats and USB connections. The buses are also equipped with a 'Nordic Pack’ which includes extra features such as additional insulation and heating to accommodate Sweden's cold climate. These quiet, emission-free electric buses provide a healthier living environment.

The rapid charging of the buses takes place through a double 450 kW charger at three points of the lines, namely Tomtebo, Umedalen and Östra Ersboda. The buses are also charged with a slow charger at the charging depot during the night. The charging depot consists of 25 depot chargers, of which 12 are double 30 kW chargers and one is a 50 kW charger.

Umeå municipality
The concession is granted by Umeå municipality and Transdev Sverige in close cooperation with Västerbotten County. The purchase of the 25 electric buses is a major step in the development towards an energy-efficient city and contributes to the objective of increasing the city's population from 125,000 to 200,000 by 2050.

Transdev Sverige AB
Transdev Sverige provides passenger transport services on behalf of regional public transport authorities in Sweden and has its own commercial train and bus services. Transdev is one of the largest passenger transport companies in Sweden. Safety, reliability and customer service are Transdev's main priorities. There are around 4,500 people working throughout the country to ensure that these standards are met. Transdev Sverige is part of Transdev Group, a world leader in the field of mobility. Transdev Group has 82,000 employees in 19 countries, 43,300 vehicles and 22 tram networks. In 2017 Transdev had a turnover of 6.6 billion euro.

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Marcel Jacobs
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Sami Ojamo
Interim Managing Director
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