Dutch fleet charging specialist Heliox has supplied 109 fast chargers to power a fleet of 100 battery-electric buses for Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The articulated VDL Citeas e-buses will operate on a 24/7 basis on 6 lines in the environs of the airport, and are expected to drive a total of 30,000 km per day.
Heliox has deployed 23 of its OC 450 kW chargers at four opportunity charging points. These chargers use a roof-mounted pantograph system, and can top up the battery in 2-4 minutes as passengers board and exit. There will also be 84 Heliox Fast DC dual 30 kW chargers for overnight charging at two depots in Amsterdam and Amstelveen.
Heliox’s fast chargers are designed to communicate with any OCCP 1.6 back-office system a customer may choose.
“Our collaboration with Heliox has been a success,” said Ard Romers, Director of VDL Bus & Coach Netherlands. “We have gathered a lot of know-how from various zero-emission bus transport projects where maximum availability has been guaranteed. Thanks to these experiences, we have now also succeeded in contributing to the transition within the Amstelland-Meerlanden concession.”
“The Amsterdam airport area is crowded with heavy traffic moving thousands of passengers every day,” said Mark Smidt, Heliox’s Director of Business Development. “When we started working on this large-scale implementation, we understood the impact this project would have on the Schiphol Airport area, so we are excited to see how the community will appreciate the benefits of e-mobility through using e-buses every day.”