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
Gdynia [PL] - EU project to assist the acquisition of 30 new trolleys
06.11.17 - On 22 September 2017, the City of Gdynia published a tender for the procurement of 30 new trolleybuses as well the retrofitting of 21 older vehicles with traction batteries. The acquisition of the new low-floor vehicles is to take place in two stages, with the initial delivery of 14 single units followed by 16 articulated trolleys. The entire project is being supported by EU funding. ... more
Santos [BR] - Trolleybus service restarts
30.10.17 - As previously announced, the city's lone trolleybus line restarted revenue services on 22 August 2017, after 18 months out of use. Operations on the ring line had temporarily ceased, because power lines had to be disassembled and re-installed along a trolleybus - light rail level crossing. ... more
Plzen [CZ] - 8 new battery trolleys in service
30.10.17 - Between late August and mid October 2017, the second series of 8 Solaris/Skoda 26Tr trolleybuses with traction batteries entered revenue service in Plzen. These vehicles have been numbered as 572-580 and replace 8 older Skoda 21Tr built between 2001 and 2003. Of the 18 originally delivered Skoda 21Tr with auxiliary diesel drives, only 6 are still in service. Specifically, these are: 488-490, 492, 493 and 496. ... more
Solingen [DE] - Historic trolleybus with trailer will be in service
23.10.17 - Sorry, only German Text available at time! ... more
Cluj-Napoca/Klausenburg [RO] - All 20 new Iveco/Astra articulated trolleys in service
23.10.17 - Since June 2017, all 20 articulated trolleybuses of the Iveco Urbanway 18 type have been delivered to Cluj. These have been fitted with electric equipment from the domestic producer Astra and were originally ordered in October 2015. They will now replace the 20 Rocar trolleys, some of which are up to 25 years old. Presently, 12 Rocar units are still part of the fleet, including the 6 articulated vehicles 020, 022, 055, 056, 060 and 086 as well as the 6 single units 076, 077, 079, 080, 135 and 136. Since late summer 2017, 3 of these articulated trolleys and 4 of the single units have been back ... 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.