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Old May 28th, 2016, 10:38 PM   #41
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The Dutch-designed WEpods will begin ferrying passengers in the Netherlands in May.

As technology companies and automakers race to put a driverless car on the road, they might want to take a look at a small experiment being conducted in the Netherlands. WEpods, an abbreviation of Wageningen and Ede, two towns in the south-central province of Gelderland, will soon play host to a driverless bus system, ferrying dignitaries and visitors to a local university via six-passenger vehicles that look a bit like enclosed, oversized golf carts.

Unlike similar autonomous transport systems currently in use, such as the Rotterdam Rivium bus or Heathrow airport shuttles, these electrically powered vehicles won’t run on dedicated tracks, instead rolling on the same roadways used by human drivers.

After two months of test runs down a 200-meter stretch of public road, the system will start transporting human passengers in May. Designed, tested, approved, and road-ready in a little less than two years, the WEpods system, which cost the local government 3.4m Euros for a pair of autonomous vehicles, seems like a deal. According to Bakker, the government-funded technology will be designed as an open-source project, meaning it will be available for other companies and municipalities to adapt and utilize (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Brussels have already expressed interest).

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When WEpods is up and running later this spring, guests to the Wageningen University will be able to summon a ride from the Ede train station using an iPhone app, and take a leisurely ride (25 kilometres per hour, or 15 mph) to campus. While the system will serve a small, select route, its performance could foreshadow how autonomous vehicle technology could be harnessed to improve public transportation and make it more efficient.
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Old December 6th, 2016, 12:45 PM   #42
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Europe's Largest Electric Public Bus Fleet in Dutch Cities




43 completely electrically powered articulated buses (18 metres) will be operating in a single Public Transport concession in the Eindhoven region, The Netherlands. This is an important step leading to sustainable bus transportation and a glimpse at the future of Public Transport (PRNewsFoto/Transdev)

All 43 public buses in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond will be electrically powered, starting the 11th of December. Together they form the largest zero-emission bus fleet in public transport in Europe.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161202/445108 )

It's the first public transport concession in Europe to deploy that many fully electric buses. London, for example, has 51 electric buses, but these are standard buses. The extra-long articulated buses in Dutch province Brabant can carry more passengers.

Transdev, first mover in zero emission public transport, commences operating the fleet on December 11th. One of the biggest problems the company had to solve was the limited operational radius of the buses. Transdev tackles this problem through a combination of ultra-fast charging technology and an innovative rotation system.

Buses that run out during the day, can be charged within half an hour. The bus terminus in Eindhoven has been converted from a single diesel garage into a charging garage, containing 43 charging points. The buses are equipped with a type of pantograph - known for trams and trolleybuses - which can make contact with the charging point. This construction was never used at this scale in The Netherlands.

In addition, some electric buses are kept in reserve to replace buses which run out of power. Also bus drivers start their shifts on fully loaded buses in the terminus, instead of half-way their appointed route. At night, all buses will be fully charged in the terminus.

The buses will be deployed in urban public transport, where distances are relatively short and air pollution is the highest.

The official presentation of the fleet is on December 9th in Helmond. "This is an important step leading to sustainable bus transportation and a glimpse at the future of public transport," says Bart Schmeink, CEO of Transdev Netherlands.

There is significant international interest for this public transport concession. Transdev will share information and experiences through its E-bus Living Lab en during an international convention in Paris next year.

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Media are invited to attend the official presentation on Friday December the 9th 2016. 0930h: Make a trip in the new buses. 1130h: Start press conference. Location: Cacaofabriek, Cacaokade 1, 5705 LA Helmond. Please confirm your attendance by mail to [email protected], spokeswoman Transdev The Netherlands, T: +31(0)6-38146552.

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43 completely electrically powered articulated buses (18 metres) will be operating in a single Public Transport concession in the Eindhoven region, The Netherlands. This is an important step leading to sustainable bus transportation and a glimpse at the future of Public Transport (PRNewsFoto/Transdev)

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1,000,000 electric kilometres in Eindhoven
18 April 2017



On 18 April 2017, Dutch passenger transport company Hermes reached the milestone of 1,000,000 kilometres travelled with the 43 electric buses that have been in service since last December. The fully electric VDL Citeas, with their futuristic design, are now a common sight in Eindhoven. The drivers operate the buses on 8 different zero emission routes with due pride. The electric operation is now operating at full capacity, with the buses clocking up over 9,000 km every weekday. Several buses even cover more than 340 km per day on their own. All the preconceptions about limited action radius have been dispelled by the cutting edge rapid charging concept at the Hermes depot. Intensive cooperation between VDL and Hermes has ensured that the Dutch vision on sustainable public transport is actually put into practice

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