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VDL Bus & Coach participates in ZeEUS

  05.02.2014    

On 23 January 2014, UITP (International Association of Public Transport) has launched the
project ‘Zero Emission Urban Bus System (ZeEUS)’. This ground-breaking 42-month project
aims at promoting electric buses and contributes to their introduction in Europe through
extensive demonstrations. This significant UITP initiative is co-funded by the DG Mobility
and Transport of the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for
Research, Technological Development and Demonstration. VDL Bus & Coach participates
with the VDL Citea Electric.

ZeEUS
UITP is coordinating a range of 40 partners from public transport operators and authorities to bus
manufacturers, universities and even electric utility companies to demonstrate and evaluate
electric vehicles of large capacity under real operational conditions. Also, infrastructure capable of
providing the required charging energy to electric buses will be operated.
Innovative electric bus solutions with different electric power-train systems will be tested for 3 years
in real operational scenarios in 8 European cities. ZeEUS’ analyses will help develop guidelines,
tools and standardization concepts to support stakeholders in introducing electrified bus systems in
their own cities.

Electrification of urban bus systems
VDL Bus & Coach believes in the electrification of urban bus systems. This is one of the reasons to
participate in the ZeEUS project. The demand for electric city buses will grow in the comming
years. The white book and focus of cities for reducing emissions is very clear. Public transport will
and has to contribute to a better environment in the inner cities. The ZeEUS project will present in
a lot of practical information about electrification of urban bus systems. This will boost the much
needed developments.
VDL Bus & Coach participates in the project for the city of Münster in Germany. This medium size
city of 300,000 habitants, is an ideal site for a demonstration with a high capacity (approx. 85
passengers) battery-bus with true fast charging. The VDL Citea Electric is optimally suited for this
job and will be deployed on bus-route 14. The 2 end stations of this route have fast charging
stations. An extra fast charging station is available in the bus depot.


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