Voltabox has received a large order from Kiepe Electric to equip 20 electric trolley buses with Li-ion batteries. The buses are destined for Linz in Austria.
LINZ AG Linien from Austria has ordered 20 trolley buses from Kiepe Electric, which will be equipped with lithium-ion battery systems made by Voltabox. The 24-metre buses will be put into service in the Austrian city of Linz and service is to commence early next year (we reported).
Batteries built by the German subsidiary of Paragon will charge via the catenaries whilst the buses are on the move. They thus replace diesel generators and enable the buses to operate at times without touching the overhead wire.
In Linz, electric vehicles will replace the entire existing trolley bus fleet and increase the passenger capacity by approximately 30% to 180 passengers per vehicle. Delivery is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
For Voltabox and Kiepe it is not the first cooperation on a large scale. Only this summer, Kiepe Electric had asked Voltabox to supply batteries for 185 trolley buses that had been ordered by San Francisco, California. These systems will also start to be delivered in the new year.
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