Solaris has bagged the first order for the Trollino 24. The 24-metre version of the Solaris trolleybus will debut on the streets of the Slovakian capital Bratislava in mid-2023. The order comprises 16 units of the double-articulated trolleybus.
The public transport operator Dopravný Podnik Bratislava (DPB) is acting as the client. The order value is said to amount to almost 17 million euros. The current order was preceded by a test run with the 24-metre trolleybus in the city’s regular service in November 2020. “Due to year-on-year increases in passenger numbers, the carrier was faced with the need to increase passenger capacity on some of them. Therefore, the capacious trolleybus has turned out to be a perfect solution for metropolises with increased passenger traffic,” Solaris informs.
The Polish manufacturer first presented the Trollino 24 at Busworld in Brussels in 2019. The bus is powered by two traction motors with 160 kW each, which feed two drive axles. The motors get their power from a 58 kWh battery, which in turn draws energy from the overhead line via a pantograph mounted on the roof. Thanks to the large buffer battery, the Trollino 24 can also cover distances without overhead lines. The driver can switch between overhead line and traction battery mode at the touch of a button.
The model has space for 160 passengers, including 60 on seats. Passenger counting sensors are installed above the doors, which are mounted in the 2-2-2-2 door arrangement. In addition, transport operator Dopravný Podnik Bratislava has opted for features such as destination displays, air conditioning, Wi-Fi network, interior LED lights and easily accessible USB charging sockets, Solaris says. The driver also has access to a surveillance system with seven exterior cameras and nine interior cameras.
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