VDL Bus & Coach has received a major order for 217 Citeas from the Belgian passenger transport company TEC. This order follows the one for 125 Transits that TEC placed with VDL Bus & Coach in 2008. These are Citea CLF type city buses that are 12 metres in length. The vehicles are fitted with a clean Euro 5 engine and an EEV exhaust filter, making for a sharp reduction in emissions of CO2, NOx, NHMC and particulate matter. In 2010 28 vehicles are to be supplied, followed by 123 units in 2011, and in 2012 the final 66 will be delivered.
TEC, or ‘Transport En Commun’, is made up of five public transport companies that operate on the territory of the Walloon Region in Belgium: TEC Brabant Wallon, TEC Charleroi, TEC Hainaut, TEC Liège-Verviers and TEC Namur-Luxembourg. These five entities belong to a parent company, the Walloon Regional Transport Company, Société Régionale Wallonne du Transport (S.R.W.T.), which is in charge of the strategic and sales management.
Citea CLF 120-310
In the Citea CLF TEC has chosen an excellent city bus. A completely flat floor, high degree of modularity, compact dimensions and good manoeuvrability make the Citea suitable for any application. The Citeas for TEC are fitted with three double Inward Swinging entrance doors from Ventura Systems and have 26+1 seats and standing room for 72. TEC is planning to use the Citeas in four cities/regions: Charleroi, Namur-Luxembourg, Liège-Verviers and Hainaut. The order for TEC is the first large order for Citeas in Europe. In 2008 VDL Bus & Coach had already received a mega order consisting of 518 Citeas from RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) in Dubai. These vehicles are now operated in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and all fitted with Ventura Systems Plug Sliding and Rapid Sliding doors that meet the high customer and climatological requirements.