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With 53 electric Citeas, KVB Cologne confirms special cooperation with VDL Bus & Coach

Public transport company KVB Cologne has ordered 53 electric VDL Citeas from VDL Bus & Coach, which will operate in the city centre of Cologne. The order is for 48 Citea SLFA-181 Electric articulated buses in the BRT design and 5 Citea SLF-120 Electric buses. With this order, KVB is taking a new step towards full electrification of their bus fleet. Initial deliveries are scheduled for the last quarter of 2020.

Boris Höltermann, Managing Director VDL Bus & Coach Deutschland GmbH says proudly, "KVB ordered the first fully electric articulated Citeas from us in 2016. The decision for this follow-up order makes us very proud because it shows that the vehicles have proven themselves in daily use. We will continue our trusting cooperation and, together with KVB, take another important step towards ´AIMING FOR ZERO´.

Forerunner in e-mobility
The cooperation between KVB Cologne and VDL Bus & Coach in the field of electric buses goes back many years. Back in 2016 VDL delivered the first 8 VDL Citeas SLFA-181 Electric to KVB. This made KVB the very first carrier in Europe to have articulated e-buses in its fleet. The 8 Citeas SLFA Electric have been running on Germany's first all-electric bus line since December 2016: line 133 from Cologne railway station to Zollstock district. This makes KVB one of the forerunners in Germany in the field of e-mobility.

100% emission-free buses in Cologne
Lines 141, 145 and 149 on the left and lines 150, 153 and 159 on the right side of the Rhine will be electrified by the arrival of the 53 Citeas Electric. The new buses will also be used on line 126, from Bocklemünd to Chorweiler and vice versa.  As a result of this new order, KVB will have replaced a quarter of its diesel fleet with electric vehicles by the end of 2021. The entire energy requirement of the 53 Citeas Electric is handled by the battery, which means that the heating, air conditioning, lighting and ticket machine are also electrically powered. The buses are therefore 100% emission-free. This will lead to cleaner air in the city and thus more comfort for the inhabitants of Cologne. 

On the way to 50 million electric kilometres
The 450 VDL buses travel 100,000 kilometres every day in many European cities and regions. The number of electrically driven kilometres now amounts to almost 50 million. This milestone will be reached in the first quarter of 2020. More than 300 electric VDL buses operate in the Netherlands alone. They contribute to a cleaner environment by saving more than 20,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. 

Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG
Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG (KVB), Germany's fourth largest municipal passenger transport company, provides public transport in Cologne and the surrounding area. The fleet consists of 382 trains and trams and 330 buses. More than 3,400 employees ensure that everything works every day on the more than 60 bus, tram and railway lines. KVB transports almost 800,000 people every day.

Foto Christopf Seelbach
January 23, 2020
VDL Bus & Coach bv
Branko Eijssen
Manager Communications
+31 (0)40 208 44 00
b.eijssen@vdlbuscoach.com