First to the new, more powerful battery pack: while VDL has not revealed technical details such as modules and cells, the bus manufacturer states that the new battery pack is lighter than conventional batteries and that it can be charged either by pantograph or plug. Thanks to the more powerful package, the various Dutch models have more battery capacity onboard – in concrete terms it offers up to 315 kWh for the Citea LLE Electric, 350 kWh for the Citea SLF and SLE Electric, 420 kWh for the Citea SLFA Electric and 525 kWh for the Citea XLE Electric. According to VDL, the first orders for the new battery packs have already been received.
“Over the past year, we have further expanded our position in e-mobility and also strengthened it geographically,” says company boss Henk Coppens. Now, in addition to the planned expansion into Southern Europe, the focus is shifting to further optimisation of energy consumption and the application of the next battery generations. “In addition to the many operations that use fast charging, we also see the market’s need for greater range, especially now that more and more regional operations are also being electrified.”