by Alexandra Scharzenberger
are available for download: Mr. Gunter Mackinger, Salzburg Mr. Jens Conrad, Regionalverkehr Köln, RVB Mr. Harald Schulte, Stadtwerke Osnabrück Mr. Stephan Rutscher, BBG, Eberswalde Mr. Hans Jörg Gisler, Hess AG Mr. Fabian Bergk, efeu Heidelberg
An ecologically-friendly and economically-efficient driving style helps reduce energy consumption, save money and significantly lower CO2 emissions. Studies have shown that the operation of electric public transport vehicles such as trams, trolleybuses or hybrid (electric) buses benefit particularly from eco-driving techniques. Thus operational expenses may be reduced and passenger comfort enhanced. The European project “ACTUATE - Advanced Training and Education for Safe Eco-driving of Clean Vehicles” focused on the importance of safe eco-driving of clean vehicles and provides public transport operators with the opportunity to introduce and test safe eco-driving trainings. The ACTUATE consortium comprises public transport operators, further education organisations, clean vehicle manufacturers and trolley:motion. Starting from the...
von Jürgen Lehmann
Baoding [CN] - Opening of a totally new system in China!
29.12.18 - On December 29, 2018, the first two lines of the new 3-route trolleybus system in Baoding, China, started revenue service. 18 Foton articulated vehicles and 17 Yutong solo vehicles will be available in the next few months, although only the Yutong cars are operational today. Therefore only the two lines 902 and 903 started operation on the first day: Line 902 from Qing-yuan Transport Center to the "High Tech Industrial Park" and Line 903 from there to the Da-wang-dian Transport Center. Future line 901 runs from Qing-yuan to Da-wang-dian. 20-30% of every line is operated without overhead in ... more
Lausanne [CH] - Tender for wiring for the prolongment of route 9
22.10.18 - Sorry, only German Text available at time! ... more
Kaunas [LT] - 85 new trolleys ordered after long tender process
15.10.18 - In early October the local bus operator UAB Kauno Autobusai signed a contract with Solaris for the delivery of 85 new trolleybuses. The deal is valued at EUR 30 million. These Trollino 12 vehicles will feature the manufacturer's distinctive type IV body shell. The single units will have a total capacity for 85 passengers, including 27 seated. The entire delivery process is expected to take 15 months and will enable the withdrawal of older Skoda 14Tr high-floor trolleys. Some of these are almost 25 years old now. Currently, the Kaunas fleet still consists of 92 Skoda 14Tr. These are ... more
Abakan [RU] - New low-floor battery trolleys enable network extension
15.10.18 - In early August 2018, the Russian company Transalpha delivered the first type VMZ-5298.01 low-floor trolleybus to Abakan. A total of 5 such vehicles have been ordered. The single units have auxiliary battery packs weighing almost 3 tons and allowing up to 20 km of off-wire range extension. The batteries are fitted near the rear axle. The total procurement expense for this mini-fleet is 58 million RUB. At current conversion rates that is roughly 750 000 EUR and thus equates to a per unit price of about 150 000 EUR. 50% of the procurement is being funded by the Republic of Khakassia, with the ... more
Luzern [CH] - First catenary mast placed for line 1 extension
07.10.18 - On 1 October 2018 a groundbreaking ceremony took place for the extension of trolleybus line 1 to Ebikon-Fildern and the future terminus at the new Mall of Switzerland. Representatives from the local communes as well as Canton Lucerne participated by placing the first catenary mast in the middle of the traffic rotary at Schachenweid. Not all town politicians were present though, as representatives from the political parties FDP, CVP and SVP protested the use of power lines for this infrastructure project. They voiced their concerns about aesthetics and traffic management in a letter to the ... 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.