100 million e-km 

Status 2-2021

The Netherlands

The Netherlands has the most electric VDL vehicles, and has already covered the most electric kilometres. More than 500 electric VDL buses in more than 25 cities are now operational. In the meantime, the electric Citeas have become an integral part of today's streetscape all over the Netherlands.


In 2018, the Citea SLF-120 Electric was delivered to PostAuto in Switzerland as part of a pilot project to gain experience of electric driving. One year ago, Basler Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB) also started gaining experience of electric driving through a pilot project with the Citea SLFA-181 Electric, the first electric articulated bus in Switzerland.


Norway proves that the VDL Citea Electric is suitable for various weather conditions. In Oslo, 40 buses not only drive through the most beautiful winter landscapes, but also defy bad weather conditions. 8 Citea’s Electric are in operation as shuttle buses at Avinor Oslo airport.


In the autumn of 2018, VDL Bus & Coach introduced the VDL Citea SLE-129 Electric. A year later, diesel buses in Helsinki and Espoo made way for this Low Entry variant of the Citea Electric. A successful part of the transition to electric public transport. 


In Münster, Cologne, Osnabrück, Oberhausen Bottrop, Kiel and Leipzig a daily contribution is made to the starting point 'AIMING FOR ZERO'. In 2015, the electrification of public transport commenced with 5 VDL Citeas SLF-120 Electric for Münster. A total of 88 buses have already covered 4.5 million electric kilometres. Approximately 175 more electric VDL buses will be added in 2021. A number we are very proud of.


In 2019 a Citea SLFA-180 Electric went into operation in Orléans. For carrier Keolis Métropole Orléans, as well as for the Orléans metropolitan region, this was the first electric VDL bus. Meanwhile, the vehicle has already covered 43,000 electric kilometres on several city lines and Keolis has gained extensive experience of electric driving. A promise for the future of electric public transport in France.


In Sweden, VDL Bus & Coach makes an important contribution to making public transport more sustainable. With 4.5 million electric kilometres already driven in 4 different cities, Sweden is also one of the frontrunners in the field of zero emission public transport. We are very proud to be part of these wonderful projects.


Since 2014, De Lijn has ordered a total of 890 VDL Citeas and gained a lot of experience of electric driving through hybrid vehicles. In 2019, the first 7 VDL Citeas SLF-120 Electric were launched in Leuven, marking the transition to fully electric public transport. The order for Leuven consisted of a total of 13 electric Citeas, the last 6 have now been delivered.


Luxembourg proves what a small country can be big in. Despite the country' size, Luxembourg is progressive in the field of electric public transport. In 2018 the first electric Citeas LLE-99 went into operation in Dudelange. Besides Dudelange, our electric buses also operate in Diekirch, Bascharage, Luxembourg and Ettelbruck.


In the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, and in the city of Ballerup, there are 29 electric VDL Citeas on the roads. The 8 Citeas SLF-120 Electric and the 21 Citeas SLFA-180 Electric are operational 24 hours a day and have already covered over 2.9 million electric kilometres in just over 1 year.