Saturday 31 October 2020

First Solaris Trolleybuses Delivered to Norway In Advance of December Launch

The new Trollino buses will be used on the only trolley route in Bergen, which is 7.5km in length. They are powered by a 240kW electric motor and equipped with 55 kWh traction batteries, making it possible to cover a distance of over 11k without the need to connect to the catenary system.
The batteries are charged while driving with the use of 'in motion charging' technology, through current collectors mounted on the vehicle, which are connected to the overhead catenary.

The vehicles were welcomed by County Mayor, Jon Askeland, City Councilor, Thor Håkon Bakke and Målfrid Sønstabø, CEO of Skyss, which is the local public transport authority.

“I am delighted to welcome our first Trollino trolleybuses in Norway. This is the most modern type of trolleybus in Europe to date. It is easy to handle and has a hybrid solution, that means that it can also function as a fully electric bus. Soon whole 10 trolleybuses will start passenger service enlarging at same time the zero-emission Solaris fleet in our country. Bergen and Keolis are investing strongly in emission free solutions in public transport and better life quality in our cities”, said Sverre Skaar, Managing Director of Solaris Norge AS.

Thanks to the ergonomic use of passenger space, as many as 42 belted seats are fitted. 10 seats are available from the low floor level, which will make it easier for passengers with reduced mobility   One of the seats behind the driver's cabin folds down, creating a place for a guide dog. For those traveling on wheelchairs or with prams, two bays with straps are provided, as well as a folding ramp located at the second door. The buses are of course be fully low-floor and have a kneeling function, further lowering the right side of the vehicle by 7 cm when stopping at the stop.

Air conditioning for the driver's cabin and passenger compartment is fitted, as well as passenger information systems with two large screen monitors and voice announcement of stops. The buses also have CCTV systems with cameras monitoring the interior of the vehicle, door area cameras, a reversing camera and one on the roof, watching the pantograph. Above each of the doors, mounted in a 2+2+2+2 system, there is a passenger counting system installed.

The trolleybuses ordered by Keolis Norge AS have a built-in breathalyser to check the driver's sobriety before starting the vehicle. They are also equipped by the manufacturer with a special Scandinavian thermal insulation package, which improves the thermal comfort of passengers and reduces energy consumption at minus temperature. 
It includes, among others additional insulation of the side walls, the ceiling and the chassis in the area of the wheel arches, as well as double side windows. The vehicles are also adapted for the use of snow chains.