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Bi-articulated trolleybuses for Prague

© Solaris Bus & Coach / Škoda Transportation Group

In the Czech Republic’s capital city Prague, several bus lines will be equipped with trolleybus overhead on sections of their route – in order to operate here battery trolleybuses in the near future. We had already reported on this in detail: https://www.urban-transport-magazine.com/en/more-in-motion-charging-in-prague/

Škoda Electric/Solaris articulated trolleybus on loan from Plzen at the test line in Prague in 2019 | © Vladislav Borek

For line 119 from Nádraží Veleslavín to Prague’s Václav Havel Airport, the consortium composed of Solaris Bus & Coach, Solaris Czech and Škoda Electric has won the tender for the delivery of 20 Trollino 24 double-articulated trolleybuses. The consortium’s joint offer was accepted by Prague’s public transport company Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy (DPP). Deliveries are to be completed within 24 months from the conclusion of the contract.

“We would like to congratulate the city of Prague on this investment in state-of-the-art and locally emission-free vehicles! The Trollino 24 trolleybus is our response to increasing passenger capacities on the most used routes in congested towns and cities. Putting 20 bi-articulated trolleybuses into operation will be a perfect solution for this metropolis. I am convinced that these cutting-edge, carefully designed, and above all, zero-emission vehicles with extensive equipment will become a calling card for the Czech capital”, said Petros Spinaris, Management Board Member of Solaris for Sales, Marketing and After Sales.

Each vehicle will feature four axles, including two drive axles. The drive of the Trollino 24 will consist of two traction motors. Traction batteries, used as a source of energy in the event of power supply failure, will be placed on the roof of the vehicle’s second section. The minimum range of the trolleybus, when running on traction batteries stipulated in the tender specification, amounts to 11 km.

The bi-articulated trolleybus is 24,700 mm long and has a passenger capacity of 179, thereof 54 seated. The vehicle‘s interior will also feature two bays for passengers in wheelchairs. The Trollino 24 is a five-door-model with a 2-2-2-2-2 door layout. Both the lighting in the passenger compartment and external lighting have been designed using LED technology. What is more, the vehicles will boast various amenities such as destination blinds, efficient air-conditioning and a video surveillance system consisting of cameras monitoring the interior, a rear-view camera and a trolley boom camera. Drivers will carry out their duties in a comfortable enclosed cabin separated from the passenger compartment by a half-glazed partition.

Presentation of the Solaris Trollino 24 prototype in Gdynia 2019 | © Christian Marquordt
Design study for Prague | © Solaris Bus & Coach / Škoda Transportation Group
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