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First e-mobility project for VDL Bus & Coach in Italy: 4 Citeas SLF-120 Electric for Malpensa Airport

Milan is aiming for a zero-emission bus fleet for its public transportation system by the year 2030. With 4 Citeas SLF-120 Electric, VDL Bus & Coach will contribute to this climate objective of the north Italian city. The delivered buses will run between the car parks, terminals 1 and 2, and Cargo City at Milano-Malpensa airport. It is the first e-mobility project of VDL Bus & Coach in Italy and is a co-operation between the carriers Arriva Italia s.r.l., Air Pullman S.p.A. and Autolinee Varesine s.r.l. 

“Together with our partners Air Pullman and Autolinee Varesine, we are showing by winning this tender that sustainability is of paramount importance to us,” says Angelo Costa, CEO of Arriva Italia. “The choice in favour of the reliable e-buses from VDL Bus & Coach fits in seamlessly with this vision. We see this project as the starting point for increasing the sustainability of Malpensa airport and other airports where Arriva is already present as a carrier.”  

Alex de Jong, Business Manager Public Transport of VDL Bus & Coach, adds: “With our electric buses, we are striving for a better climate and a cleaner and quieter city. Milan is the next city with a pronounced sustainability vision that uses our expertise as Europe’s frontrunner in e-mobility. Naturally, we are very proud of that. In Italy, we would now like to show we are a reliable partner that supplies not only the buses but also the entire charging infrastructure.”  

24-hour operation
The 4 Citeas SLF-120 Electric, each equipped with an 85 kWh battery pack, do not drive on the airfield at Milano-Malpensa itself. However, they are fitted with special lighting, so that they can be used there in emergencies if necessary. The buses also have WiFi, USB connections and dark-tinted glazing. The buses are used around the clock, with one vehicle also continuing to drive at night. 

For the charging equipment, VDL Bus & Coach is once again working with the Dutch company Heliox on its first Italian electrical project. For interim rapid charging, Cargo City will install a 300 kW rapid charger. The depot has chargers that allow two buses to be charged at the same time at 30 kW, or one bus to refuel with energy at 60 kW. 

Airfield transport
For VDL Bus & Coach, the deployment of buses at Milano-Malpensa is not its first ‘airport project’. For example, VDL Futuras drive between airport and city in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Reykjavik (Iceland). At Schiphol, the largest airport in the Netherlands, VDL Citeas are deployed 24 hours a day. In 2020, 8 Citeas SLFA-181 Electric will contribute to the further electrification of Oslo Airport in Norway. 

Milano-Malpensa International Airport is located about 45 kilometres northwest of central Milan. It is the largest cargo airport in Italy. The city of Milan is working hard on its sustainability profile: the aim is for public transport to be fully electric by 2030. The bus fleet will be expanded from 215 in 2022 to 1,200 vehicles in the year 2030.

Milestone of 50 million electric kilometres
The 670 VDL buses travel 130,000 electric kilometres every day in many European cities and regions. The number of electrically driven kilometres now amounts to more than 50 million. This milestone was reached in the first quarter of 2020. More than 470 electric VDL buses operate in the Netherlands alone. The 50 million kilometres travelled electrically have saved 7 million kilograms of CO2 emissions.

February 14, 2020

VDL Bus & Coach bv
Branko Eijssen
Manager Communications
+31 (0)40 208 44 00
b.eijssen@vdlbuscoach.com