VDL already was the European market leader in ‘normal’ electric buses. With the development of the MidCity Electric VDL wants to expand that success into a new range. The VDL MidCity Electric aims to meet the need for small-scale passenger transport so this segment can also benefit from clean, quiet, efficient buses. VDL’s Marleen van Zeeland: “To produce customer solutions in partnership with the transport operator during the transition from diesel to electric, VDL is increasingly taking on the role of transition partner, meaning VDL not only delivers the buses but takes responsibility for the entire system, including the installation of the charging stations.”

This fully electric minibus with a length of 8 metres is not only suited for making city centres emission-free but can also be used for transport in sparsely populated areas. The bus has a lowered floor that provides easy access for regular passengers and wheelchair users. In addition, the wheel base extension allows more flexibility in the type and number of seats. The MidCity Electric features a 87 kWh battery with an action radius of up to 220 km. VDL Bus & Coach will introduce this new electric model in the course of 2018.

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VDL already was the European market leader in ‘normal’ electric buses. With the development of the MidCity Electric VDL wants to expand that success into a new range. The VDL MidCity Electric aims to meet the need for small-scale passenger transport so this segment can also benefit from clean, quiet, efficient buses. VDL’s Marleen van Zeeland: “To produce customer solutions in partnership with the transport operator during the transition from diesel to electric, VDL is increasingly taking on the role of transition partner, meaning VDL not only delivers the buses but takes responsibility for the entire system, including the installation of the charging stations.”

This fully electric minibus with a length of 8 metres is not only suited for making city centres emission-free but can also be used for transport in sparsely populated areas. The bus has a lowered floor that provides easy access for regular passengers and wheelchair users. In addition, the wheel base extension allows more flexibility in the type and number of seats. The MidCity Electric features a 87 kWh battery with an action radius of up to 220 km. VDL Bus & Coach will introduce this new electric model in the course of 2018.

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