Van Hool builds first double-deck battery electric coach

Independent Belgian bus, coach and industrial vehicle manufacturer Van Hool, has built a 100 percent battery electric double-deck coach, the TDX25E, which follows in the footsteps of its first, single deck electric coach, the CX45E. The new double deck electric coach provides space for 69 passengers (18 on the lower deck and 51 on the upper deck) and has a range of up to 500 kilometres, depending on the climatological conditions and the route’s topography.
Van Hool builds first double-deck battery electric coach
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It is primarily destined for the US market, where it will be used for comfortable employee commutes and/or regular passenger transport.

Van Hool’s first electric coach, the single deck CX45E, was shipped to the US a year ago.  Now, Van Hool has produced the TDX25E double deck electric coach, further demonstrating its experience in electrical drive systems. Over the past few decades Van Hool has built more than 1,200 vehicles with an electrical drive system (hydrogen, trolley, battery and hybrid). Both the CX45E and the brand new TDX25E use electrical components, including a Siemens power train and Proterra batteries.

“American customers reacted very enthusiastically to the driving experiences with our first battery electric coach, the CX45E” said Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool. “This prompted us to quickly set to work on developing a battery electric double-deck, which has a higher passenger capacity. Our experience with electrical drive systems in the past, and recently with the CX45E, really helped us with the rapid development and comprehensive testing of the newest Van Hool double-deck, the TDX25E. We've been producing double-deck coaches since 1982. Twenty-five years later – in 2007 – we shipped the first double-decks to the US. And now, 15 years later, we are launching the first 100 percent battery electric double-deck coach on the US market. This is a second home market for Van Hool, nowhere else in the world is the demand for our double-deck coaches higher than in the USA. Globally, Van Hool has sold more than 3,500 units in 19 different countries.”

Van Hool is an independent Belgian bus, coach and industrial vehicle manufacturer with around 3,500 staff worldwide, the majority of whom work at the production facilities in Koningshooikt (Belgium) and Skopje (North Macedonia). The vast majority of units produced are destined for Europe and North America.

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