VDL Medibuses help in coronavirus fight

A study into the spread of COVID-19 in Germay is being conducted on the VDL Bus & Coach-built Medibuses of Deutsche Bahn.

By using the Medibuses, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has access to high-quality laboratory environments, which can also be flexibly deployed in different locations.

The Medibuses for Deutsche Bahn were built by VDL Bus Venlo in cooperation with VDL Bus Heerenveen and VDL Bus Chassis. The Citea LLE-127 has been designed entirely according to the wishes of the customer. The vehicle has been converted into a doctor’s practice in which the four rooms (treatment room, consultation room, laboratory and waiting room) are equipped with cupboards and furniture. Each room also has its own air conditioning. Solar panels on the roof provide clean energy so that the bus is less dependent on external power on location. In October 2019, the DB Medibus won the German Mobility Award.

Mark Francot, director of VDL Bus Venlo, said: “As a manufacturer, we very much welcome the fact that Deutsche Bahn’s Medibuses are now also being used in the fight against coronavirus. The fact that we at VDL Bus & Coach can contribute to COVID-19 research through good cooperation between several companies makes us very proud. At the same time, this project once again endorses the multiple uses of this innovative vehicle. The Medibus fits perfectly within our Special Vehicles department.”

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