von Alexandra Scharzenberger
- “Electrification of public transport in cities”, funded though the Horizon 2020 programme. The project starts on June 1st 2015 with the Kick-off Meeting in Brussels and researches the potential of further electrification of public transport in combination with existing transportation infrastructure and networks as well as based on new business models. The introduction of electric buses is a core aspect of ELIPTIC to further improve the environmental profile of public transport. In addition to electric buses, the project looks as well into improving energy performance in light rail and the multi-purpose use of infrastructure to support further electrification in transport. ELIPTIC demonstrates different technical approaches in 22 showcases – variations of electrified public transport under different operational, geographical and...
The ACTUATE (Advanced Training and Education for Safe Eco-driving of Clean Vehicles) project, funded through EU’s Intelligent Energy Europe Programme published a “Lessons Learnt Brochure”.
The aim of ACTUATE was to develop, test and implement advanced driver training and education concepts for safe eco-driving in the public transport sector. As previously existing eco-driving initiatives had mainly focused on diesel vehicles, there was a real void to fill by supporting the introduction of safe eco-driving trainings for clean vehicles, i.e. trams, trolleybuses and hybrid buses. In order to unlock this potential, the project put a particular focus on the drivers, as they are the pivotal element for better vehicle handling, safer performance and optimised energy savings. ACTUATE developed numerous sets of training materials, such as concepts, brochures and presentations, in order to implement comprehensive programmes for safe eco-driving. All of the training materials are available free of charge on the project website...
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von Jürgen Lehmann
Tychy [PL] - Three new battery trolleys on order
18.01.18 - On 15 January 2018, the local public transport operator TLT announced that Solaris had placed a successful bid to supply three new 12 m long single units worth 6.9 million PLN (roughly 1.65 million EUR). Final delivery is expected to take place within 10 months of contract signing. ... more
Gdynia [PL] - 30 new trolleys on order
08.01.18 - In December 2017, the local public transport operator PKT announced that it would order 30 new trolleybuses from Solaris. 16 of these low-floor vehicles will be articulated, while the contract also includes stipulations for 21 slightly older trolleys to be retrofitted with more powerful traction batteries. This upgrade will significantly boost the off-wire capability of the municipal trolleybus fleet, thus allowing the extension of trolleybus lines without the use of overhead catenary. The retrofitting process is expected to start in May 2018, with the first vehicles returning to revenue ... more
Odesa/Odessa [UA] - First of 47 new trolleys has arrived
08.01.18 - On 20 December 2017 the first of 47 new trolleys arrived in the city. These are being supplied by Belkommunmash and are financed through a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The total procurement is valued at 8.037 million EUR. ... more
Linz [AT] - First 24m ExquiCity in service!
04.12.17 - Sorry, only German Text available at time! ... more
Jihlava [CZ] - Trolleybus network extended
04.12.17 - On 30 November 2017, a 1.4 km long network extension was ceremoniously inaugurated with a special run along Vrchlického Street. The new network section connects the hospital stop Poliklinika along line C to Horní Kosov with the railway station Staré Hory. As part of the new timetable, line B now serves the new extension. Additionally, the newly launched line D runs every 24 minutes from the main railway station to Poliklinika, while the new line F runs from the depot via the city center to the new turning loop at Poliklinika. In turn, line B now longer terminates at Poliklinika and line BI ... more
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Das "TROLLEY" - Video
The TROLLEY movie is another piece of the puzzle of the promotion activities of the "TROLLEY"-project to shape a new and more positive image of trolleybuses in Europe. The movie is based on interviews with local and regional stakeholders, which were performed in the TROLLEY partner cities Salzburg (Austria), Brno (Czech Republic), Eberswalde (Germany), Parma (Italy), Gdynia (Poland) and Szeged (Hungary). The movie highlights advantages of trolleybuses and raises hopes in what could be improved in the future to raise awareness of trolleybuses as smart, clean and green solution for urban public transportation. Watch it on YouTube.