Danish Umove A/S orders 55 VDL Citeas LLE

Danish company Umove A/S, a young, rapidly growing passenger transport company, has placed an order for 55 VDL Citeas LLE. VDL Bus & Coach will also provide maintenance and repair of the buses during the contract period. The buses will be put in service in the Danish capital Copenhagen (40 units) and the Danish city Helsingør (15 units) starting in December 2015.

Discussing this latest purchase, Johnny Hansen, CEO of Umove A/S, said “Customers are very pleased with the quality of our service, and with the new lightweight Citeas we can deliver an even higher quality level. Copenhagen is one of the most sustainable cities in the world. The economic fuel consumption and low emissions of the buses comply with the strict Danish requirements.”

For Anita Laursen, CEO of VDL Bus & Coach Danmark A/S, this is the largest order since she joined the company in January 2015. “We are particularly delighted with our new collaboration with Umove, not least because we will also be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the vehicles,” she said. “The Danish team has recently been working hard to broaden brand awareness of VDL and strengthen the company’s after sales position. This order is confirmation that we are on the right track.”

The Citea LLE is a low-entry bus based on an innovative, lightweight concept, specially designed for the demanding conditions of city and regional transport. The sophisticated construction method results in a remarkably low unladen weight, the main benefits of which are significantly lower fuel consumption compared to conventional buses, resulting in considerably reduced emissions of environmental pollutants. The accessibility for service activities has been optimized, so work can be performed more easily and efficiently. This means lower operational costs. The low floor construction at the entry and exit doors provides optimal accessibility for wheelchair users and passengers with baby buggies. This accessibility is further enhanced by the lack of any floor height changes at the entry and exit.

The 15 Citeas for Helsingør have been built with a 1-2-0 door configuration, a 38+3 seating arrangement and space for 40 standing passengers. The 40 Citeas for Copenhagen have a 2-2-1 door configuration, a 33+3 seating arrangement and also have space for 40 standing passengers.

Helsingør has an estimated 46,000 residents and the city is visited by more than a million tourists per year. Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, has over a million residents. The bus is an important means of transport, and Copenhagen places high demands on quality and comfort. 

Optimal comfort
To make travel as comfortable as possible for the passengers, considerable attention was given to the comfort aspects of the Citea. For example, the bright interior colours, combined with the large windows provide a feeling of exceptional spaciousness. The cantilever seat design (free-hanging seats) ensures plenty of leg room and therefore optimal sitting comfort. The climate control system, with additional heating and cooling capacity, ensures comfortable temperatures on the bus year round.

Umove A/S
Umove A/S bought out all shares of De Hvide Busser and Fjordbus/Holger Danske in November 2013. In April 2015 the company took over all shares of Thykjær A/S. Umove is now Denmark's largest private bus operator. The Umove A/S fleet consists of more than 500 vehicles and the company employs more than 1,000 people. Umove A/S is co-owned by Artha Kapitalforvaltning.

Copyright Bus & Coach Hellas © 2016. All rights reserved

Design & Site Implemented: ClickMedia