L-R: Dan Biancalana, Mayor of Dudelange; François Bausch, Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure; Roland Heinisch, Voyages Weber; Fernand Weber, Voyages Weber; Emile Weber, Voyages Weber; Gilles Dostert, Verkéiersverbond; Credit: MDDI

Today saw the launch of Luxembourg's first all-electric rural bus in Bettembourg.

On 8 February 2018, François Bausch, Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, inaugurated the first fully electric RGTR bus line in Bettembourg.

The RGTR 305 circular bus line connects the two cities of Bettembourg and Dudelange while serving the Krakelshaff economic activity zone and the Riedgen and Schéleck industrial activity zones.

The 7 VDL Citea LLE-99 Electric buses that run the line are equipped with two charging systems. The "overnight charging" system is used mainly for overnight charging and the "opportunity charging" system allows for occasional bus charging between two journeys. The charging stations are all located in the depot of the operator Autocars Pletschette.

François Bausch said the inauguration of the fully electric RGTR 305 bus line is an important step towards electrification and, consequently, the decarbonisation of public road transport.