Pohjolan Liikenne Citea order

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Finnish bus company Pohjolan Liikenne has placed a new order with VDL Bus & Coach which includes electric Citeas for the first time. It consists of five Citea SLE-129 Electrics and 10 Citea LLE-127 diesels.

Since 2013 VDL has delivered 142 vehicles to Pohjolan Liikenne.

The latest buses will be used for public transport authority HSL (Helsinki Region Transport). The Citea SLE-129 Electrics will operate from December 2019 in the suburbs of Espoo while the Citea LLE-127s will run on regional Helsinki routes from August 2019.

ohjolan Liikenne’s Citea SLE-129 Electrics will operate in the Helsinki suburb of Espoo. VDL
ohjolan Liikenne’s Citea SLE-129 Electrics will operate in the Helsinki suburb of Espoo. VDL

The Citea low-entry electric range was expanded in the autumn of 2018 with the 12.9m model. The Pohjolan Liikenne buses will be equipped with a new 216kWh battery pack.

During the day they will be quickly topped up via a roof-mounted pantograph at Leppävaara terminal where HSL will build a new charging infrastructure.

At night they will be slow-charged via the CCS plug and preheated at the Pohjolan Liikenne depot.

The Citea SLE-129 Electric and Citea LLE-127 have special underfilm corrosion protection on all the floor elements and lightweight and moisture-resistant XPS sidewall insulation material. Pohjolan Liikenne chose this because the bus interiors are cleaned with a pressure washer.

This minimises moisture ingress and extends the service life of the interior.

Pohjolan Liikenne is one of the largest Finnish bus companies. With a fleet of 535 buses and coaches, the company provides local, regional and long-distance services mainly in southern Finland.

Its annual turnover is €100m, and it employs 1,000 people.

Over 40m passenger journeys are made over 36m kilometres each year. Pohjolan Liikenne is a subsidiary of VR, the Finnish national railway company.