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Vicenza: HESS secures order using flash charging technology


The Italian city of Vicenza is relying on articulated vehicles with fast-charging technology from HESS in Bellach, Switzerland, to electrify its bus transport system. In an international tender, HESS was awarded the contract for the delivery of 16 vehicles worth around 19 million euros, which will be largely financed by subsidies from the central government in Rome.

The renowned Swiss manufacturer will deliver 16 lighTram® 19 TOSA vehicles to the city of Vicenza for the “LAM Rossa” line by 2027. The vehicles will be charged at selected charging stations along the line using flash charging technology in collaboration with Hitachi. Customers benefit from HESS’s proven experience in this high-performance category, as such e-bus systems from HESS are already in operation in Geneva, Nantes, Brisbane and Clermont-Ferrand or have been ordered. More such vehicles are expected to be awarded to another major Italian city, but this contract has not yet been finalised.

The buses will cover an average of around 55,000 kilometres per year. The switch to electromobility will enable impressive CO2 savings of around 1,000 tonnes per year compared to conventional Euro 6 buses.