In Italy, the public transport company TPER (Emilia-Romagna Passenger Transport) has ordered seven Citea SLF-120 Electric buses from VDL Bus & Coach. These are to be used in the city of Bologna in 2022. Both parties also want to consider expanding the order to include up to 20 electric city buses.
The order from Bologna is the second e-mobility project for VDL Bus & Coach in Italy. In May of this year, two Citea electric buses went into operation between the parking lots and terminals of Milan Malpensa Airport. With almost 400,000 inhabitants, Bologna is one of the largest cities in Italy. The new electric buses will be used on lines 28 and T1. The Citea SLF-120 electric buses were ordered in the configuration 31 + 2 seats and 49 standing places and with a battery capacity of 350 kWh.
VDL Bus & Coach is also responsible for the delivery and implementation of the charging infrastructure according to the contract with the Italian public transport company. For this purpose, the manufacturer is working again with the Dutch company Heliox from Best. According to the VDL, the TPER depot is to have charging stations at which three buses can be charged at the same time.
“Cities in Italy are increasingly making the transition to sustainable public transport,” says Massimiliano Costantini, Managing Director of VDL Bus & Coach Italia. “We are proud that TPER has made use of our expertise as a pioneer in e-mobility in Europe. Our electric buses have covered more than 125 million kilometers, which is a clear indicator of our competence. This contract strengthens our market position, which underscores our ambition to play an important role in Italy’s transition to zero-emission public transport. “
So far, TPER has only had experience with electric minibuses with a battery range of up to 100 kilometers and is now switching to the use of electric city buses. The operator was only created this year by merging the transport divisions of ATC, a road transport company from Bologna and Ferrara, and FER, a regional railway company. TPER currently employs around 2,500 people.
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