Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) places major order with VDL Bus & Coach

Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) places major order with VDL Bus & Coach

Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) places major order with VDL Bus & Coach
Two years ago, the Berlin Transport Authority (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, BVG), subjected two VDL Citeas LLE-120 to intensive field tests in the urban traffic of Berlin. The lightweight buses proved their mettle, passing with flying colours. BVG officially awarded the tender contract for 236 low entry buses to VDL Bus & Coach on 9 May 2014. The delivery of the 236 Citeas LLE will take place during the period from 2014 to 2017, based on a framework contract established between BVG and VDL Bus & Coach that includes an option to extend by two years. “This is the largest order ever for VDL Bus & Coach Deutschland. It makes clear that a Light Low Entry model is also superbly suited to withstand the harsh traffic conditions in urban Berlin,” said an enthusiastic Boris Höltermann, Public Transport Manager at VDL Bus & Coach Deutschland. “We are very proud of the fact that BVG has chosen our buses. This order validates our decision to pursue a strategy based on lightweight concepts and Profit of Ownership with a focus on public transport in Europe,” said Rémi Henkemans, Managing Director VDL Bus & Coach bv.

Innovative lightweight concept

For the VDL buses with a lightweight construction the focus is on achieving better fuel economy and the resulting emissions reductions. Naturally the buses also continue to meet the highest safety standards. The Citea LLE has a net weight of approximately 9 tonnes, and according to BVG’s own tests consumes 20% less diesel fuel than comparable products, which equates to a reduction of around 18 tonnes of harmful substance emissions per year, per vehicle. The combination VDL Citea LLE Euro 6 and a consumption reduction of 20% also cuts NOx emissions by 95%. With this level of performance, the Citea meets requirements normally placed on vehicles with hybrid technology, without the additional expense related to that technology or the associated costs for workshops and infrastructure.

The Berlin Transport Authority (BVG)

BVG operates the public transport network in Berlin and surrounding region. Every day more than 1,300 buses are in service, collectively bringing approximately 937 million passengers to their destination annually. This makes the Berlin Transport Authority the largest operator of buses in the German-speaking region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). Each year BVG’s buses and trains travel more than 125 million kilometres, the equivalent of circling the globe nearly 8.5 times a day.

VDL Bus & Coach

The core activities of VDL Bus & Coach consist of the development, manufacturing, sales and after-sales of a wide range of buses, coaches and chassis modules and the purchase and sales of second-hand buses. Manufacturing takes place in the Netherlands and Belgium. VDL Bus & Coach places high value on quality, safety, durability, the environment, low fuel consumption, comfort and low maintenance costs. Sales of VDL Bus & Coach products take place through a worldwide network consisting of corporate-owned sales offices, importers and agents in more than 30 countries. This makes it possible to offer custom-made transport solutions. For after-sales and maintenance, the client can count on rapid, hassle-free assistance from VDL Bus & Coach employees in any of the many service locations. An extensive distribution network ensures that spare parts and accessories are delivered to the requested destination as quickly as possible. VDL Bus & Coach is one of the largest bus producers in Europe.

VDL Groep

VDL Bus & Coach is part of VDL Groep. VDL Groep, with its head office in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), is an international industrial company focused on the development, production and sales of semi-finished products, buses & coaches and other finished products and the assembly of cars. Since the founding in 1953 this family-owned company has grown to include 84 operating companies, spread over 19 countries with almost 9,500 employees. The strength of VDL Groep lies in the mutual cooperation between the companies.

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