Scandinavian public transport operator Nobina has concluded a contract with Belgium bus maker Van Hool for the delivery of 21 battery-electric 24-meter articulated Exqui.City trambuses. Planning is that the trambuses will go into service mid-2022 in the Swedish city Malmö. The vehicles are plug-in battery-electric and will be charged in the Nobina depot in Malmö.
The 21 battery-electric Exqui.City trambuses will be the first of its kind in Scandinavia says Jens Råsten, Fleet Manager at the Nobina Group. “We feel pride in introducing the next generation of 24 meter, fully electric zero emission tram buses to further develop the modern, safe and sustainable public traffic solution in Malmö.”
The Van Hool Exqui.City trambus features a distinct futuristic design and a high level of comfort with good accessibility through a low boarding height and four double doors.
The model now ordered by Nobina is a battery-electric version, though the Exqui.City offers a multi-power platform: battery-electric, trolley and hydrogen.
Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool: “We are convinced that the various 100% zero emission solutions we offer – battery-electric, trolley and hydrogen – can, depending on the local application, provide an answer to the environmental and sustainability initiatives that public transport companies worldwide are undertaking. We already have delivered no fewer than 1,200 electrically powered vehicles and the charging infrastructure that goes with it.”
The Exqui.City is available in 18 and 24 metre versions, of which already more than 300 are operating in 17 cities in Europe and Martinique (French overseas department).
Van Hool, founded in 1947, has around 3,300 staff worldwide, the majority of whom work at the production facilities in Koningshooikt (Belgium) and Skopje (North Macedonia).