Amsterdam more than doubles its electric bus fleet to meet carbon neutral goal
Amsterdam’s public transport company GVB has bought 44 emission-free buses from vehicle manufacturer VDL as part of the municipality’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2050.
More electric buses on Amsterdam’s roads
Vehicle manufacturer VDL Bus & Coach will deliver 44 emission-free Citeas to Amsterdam’s public transport company GVB by the beginning of 2022.
It’s a step towards the city’s ambitious goal to reduce all carbon emissions by 95% in 2050, compared to 1990 levels. This includes GVB providing completely emission-free bus transport from 2025 onwards, followed by all traffic being carbon neutral by 2030.
Claudia Zuiderwijk, general manager of GVB, said: “Despite coronavirus and all the uncertainties that come with it, as a city transport company, we believe it is extremely important that the process of making our bus fleet more sustainable goes ahead.”
She added: “We consider it our duty as Amsterdam’s public transport operator to make a maximum contribution to the city’s sustainability goals. Amsterdam is growing, and as a public transport company we want to keep the city accessible for everyone in a high-quality manner. Electrifying our buses, thus contributing to clean air, is an important part of that.”
Amsterdam a leader in electrified transport
Amsterdam welcomed its first fleet of battery-powered buses in 2018, but the city has long been at the forefront of the smart mobility industry, thanks to its low car dependency and early adoption of electric alternatives.