Leipzig makes the switch to electric

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VDL Bus & Coach is set to deliver 21 Citea SLF-120 Electric buses and associated charging infrastructure to Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB). The vehicles will be delivered from the end of 2020 and are intended to be used on routes 74, 76 and 89.

Ronald Juhrs, Managing Director Technology and Operations at LVB, said: “As early as 2018, the Supervisory Board of LVB decided to phase in the purchase of electric buses. We are pleased that we can now take this important step and, together with VDL Bus & Coach, make a further active contribution to the environmental objectives of the city of Leipzig.”

The German city of Leipzig has ordered 21 VDL Citea electric buses. VDL

Boris Höltermann, Managing Director of VDL Bus & Coach Deutschland GmbH, continues proudly: “A cooperation that started in 2012 has reached a high point. We are very pleased with the confidence placed in us. Our network of electric vehicles is being expanded with a strong partner, namely LVB”. The 21 Citeas are 12m long and each is equipped with a 216 kWh battery pack. The vehicles have a 3-door configuration which VDL says provides the optimal passenger flow ideally suited to busy city environments. The buses are recharged by means of the pantograph on the roof during the day, and at night in the depot.