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In the end of 2018, Heliox was chosen as the fast charging partner for the newest e-mobility project in Amsterdam. VDL Bus & Coach and GVB have signed a contract to deliver 31 electric buses in the city of Amsterdam. The contract includes an option for an additional 69 e-buses to be added in the coming years.

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After having powered numerous e-bus systems in the Dutch cities of Rotterdam, the Hague, Groningen, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport area, Maastricht, Venlo and Eindhoven, Heliox has also become the fast charging partner in the further electrification of Amsterdam as a city. We are proud to announce that Heliox will deliver a combination of opportunity and overnight charging with a total power of 8 MW. This order comprises of 31 Heliox DC chargers, which are placed in the bus depot and & Heliox OC 450 kW chargers placed en route.

First electric buses start running in 2020 on the GVB lines 15, 22 and 36 that have their terminal stop at the Sloterdijk bus station in Amsterdam.

Robin Verspeek, Program Manager Rolling Stock at GVB comments: “Both VDL Bus & Coach and Heliox have a proven track record in the field of electric busses and charging solutions. Together they provide us with a complete solution for our first batch of zero-emission busses for Amsterdam. For us a great first step towards a full zero-emission - and thus sustainable - bus fleet. As the public transport company of Amsterdam, we can contribute to cleaner air in the city and reduce our CO2-emission. In the years to come our entire fleet of some 200 busses will be replaced by zero-emission busses as to provide our travellers clean and comfortable public transport by bus.”

Koen van Haperen, Business Development Manager at Heliox about winning this project: “We are proud to receive the trust and confidence of VDL again after a successful implementation of the world’s largest electric bus fleet at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport area. We are also excited to work together with GVB, one of the leading operators in Amsterdam and will include our latest charge infrastructure innovations to this project, as well as further proof of the cost effectiveness of the BusUp opportunity charge solution.”

Ard Romers, Managing Director of VDL Bus&Coach comments: “We are very proud that through the delivery of our electric public transport buses we will contribute to further CO2 reduction in the city and thus a cleaner Amsterdam.  Heliox has been a reliable and trusted partner in multiple other projects in the Netherlands and this remarkable project in Amsterdam symbolizes our continued cooperation with both Heliox and GVB. It is, of course, pleasing to be supplying electric buses and a fast charging network together with Heliox to our capital city.”

Heliox is ready to create a successful project with all the involved parties and is committed to contribute to the zero-emission goals in public transport for both the city of Amsterdam and the Netherlands.