From 30 May, De Lijn will be driving the first electric buses of its latest generation in Limburg. “The first e-buses will run from the Winterslag depot in Limburg on the Genk city network and on a few regional lines between Genk, Hasselt, Tongeren and Houthalen. The Winterslag depot was also equipped with the necessary charging infrastructure where the e-buses will mainly charge at night. There will be another 16 e-buses in Winterslag this year and 40 e-buses for the Kortrijk, Destelbergen and Sint-Niklaas depots,” said the Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works. Lydia Peeters.
The four e-buses presented in Genk are part of an order for 60 standard e-buses (with a length of 12 m) from two suppliers, Van Hool and VDL. These e-buses can cover at least 220 km without recharging on the way. The e-buses charge at the depot, especially at night. By the end of this year, this order will result in 20 e-buses for Genk, 16 for Kortrijk, 9 for Destelbergen and 15 for Sint-Niklaas. The relevant depots are also equipped with the necessary charging infrastructure.
The floor with a warm wood look and inlaid icons, LED lighting, USB charging points and seat upholstery in recycled imitation leather give the interior of the new e-buses an inviting character. Travelers receive real-time journey information via extra-wide screens in the e-bus. Thanks to the automatic, electric ramp, the buses are easily accessible for travelers with a wheelchair or pram. The e-buses also have all modern safety features, climate control and a comfortable suspension.
De Lijn only buys fully electric buses, its operators are also fully committed to greening their fleet. The e-buses use no fossil fuel and emit absolutely nothing. This means no harmful substances such as CO2 (causes greenhouse gases) and NOX (acid rain, harmful to health). This is a great advantage for both the climate and the health of those in or around the bus. An additional advantage is that e-buses are also very quiet due to the absence of a diesel engine. Because De Lijn only buys green electricity, there are no emissions during the production of the energy.