Operator Hermes has invested in a further 32 VDL electric Citeas to help improve the quality of public transport in the Eindhoven region, due for delivery in 2022. The LF-122 buses will be 12.2 metres long. President Willem van der Leegte of VDL Groep said: “Hermes stuck its neck out four years ago to start what was then Europe’s largest electric bus fleet in Eindhoven. It was a fantastic milestone that generated worldwide interest. The fact that Hermes is now taking the next step by ordering 32 new generation Citeas for Eindhoven from VDL is an example of their vision to electrify public transport in the region. We are therefore proud of this longstanding strength through cooperation in Eindhoven, the home base of VDL.”
“Together with VDL, we run a unique operation in Eindhoven,” added Martijn Mentink, Regional Director of Hermes. “In recent years, many other European transport companies and cities have visited Eindhoven to see and experience with their own eyes that the future of e-mobility in public transport has already begun here. I am therefore very pleased that with this investment in a new zero-emission city fleet we can further contribute to stronger and cleaner public transport.
“The coronavirus crisis is having a major impact on public transport, but we continue to believe that innovation pays off even in these difficult times. Together with the province, we have made this investment possible. The many millions of kilometres travelled using the reliable VDL Citeas have provided us with a wealth of knowledge and experience. We therefore look forward with confidence to the moment when the fleet of new generation Citeas from VDL Bus & Coach will be on the road in Eindhoven.”