Alex DE JONG
Business Manager Public Transport
Sales & Marketing, VDL Bus & Coach BV
Valkenswaard, NetherlandsResponsible at HQ level for international Public Transport team and product range.Member of the Commercial Management Team, member of the e-Mobility management team. Member of the UITP VEI CommitteerProduct Range: City and intercity; VDL Citea, including all variants regarding driveline and energy source (diesel, hybrid and electric). Midi bus Portfolio; VDL MidBasic, MidCity. My PT responsibilities are: sales, commercial project management (tendering), key account management, product management, business development. More than 25 years working experience in Public Transport; several management roles within a bus OEM and a main component supplier.
Electric buses in daily operations, the 5 take aways of 25 million kilometers of VDL’s experience
As front runner in Europe on E-Mobility VDL Bus & Coach has over 30.000.000 kilometers of operational experience. Starting with pilot projects and changing to higher volumes quite fast have resulted in a steep learning curve when it comes to how to operate electric buses in the most efficient way. All the VDL electric buses are connected which means that of each bus data is available which can be analyzed with the aim to optimize the operations. The 5 main take aways will be presented so that the audience does get a clear picture of the important topics to look at in case a fleet of 20-100 electric buses will be implemented. Experience from Cologne, Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Oslo, Osnabruck and many other cities across Europe will be used as examples.