One of the winners is VDL Bus & Coach’s latest generation electric bus, the Citea. The model family, developed to meet the needs of urban and suburban passenger transport, currently consists of a single and an articulated version. The Dutch manufacturer also offers low-entry and low-floor versions of this model. Prospective customers can choose from 12.2 meters long solo (LE / LF), 13.5 meters long solo (LF) and 18.1 meters long (LF) articulated variants.

The new Citea was unveiled last May as part of an online event. At the time, the novelty not only drew attention to itself because of its design, but also because it represented an innovative design in the field of e-buses. Citea batteries are not located on the roof but in the floor of the bus. This is because the batteries are installed where the seats are on the podiums. Also an innovative but less innovative solution is the fact that the sidewalls of the bus are made of composite plastic, which has reduced Citea’s weight by 15 percent.

These two buses received design awards 1

Although the new generation of Citea was launched last year, orders have already been placed by various Dutch, Belgian, Finnish and German transport companies. VDL already has more than 100 orders for the 12.2-meter-long solo version, marked LF-122. A battery pack with a total capacity of up to 490 kWh can be installed in it, which, according to the manufacturer, allows a range of up to 500-600 kilometers.

These two buses received design awards 2

The other winner was Ebusco, also from the Netherlands, who nominated the 3D design of the 3.0 city bus (top image) for the Red Dot Award. The 3.0 vehicle is a 12-meter, two- or three-door bus that will offer operators a maximum range of 575 kilometers. This bus received the European type certificate last year, and its series production is expected to start this year.

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