Hess to deliver 16 electric buses to Italy

The northern Italian city of Vicenza has placed an order with Swiss manufacturer Hess for 16 electric buses. The lighTram 19 TOSA vehicles will be delivered by 2027.

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Hess has announced that it has been awarded the contract for delivering 16 EV buses worth around 19 million euros in an international tender. In Vicenza – a city of 110,000 inhabitants in north-east Italy – the electric buses serve on a line called “LAM Rossa.” According to Hess, the vehicles will be recharged “along the line using flash charging technology in collaboration with Hitachi.” The cooperation is not new: Hess is already relying on Hitachi Energy (formerly Hitachi ABB Power Grids) as a subcontractor for an order in Geneva.

According to an accompanying press release, the buses in Vicenza 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,” says Hess.

Hess offers the lighTram series in lengths of 10, 12, 19 or 25 metres. The 19-metre version is used in Vicenza. While Hess is primarily known for its trolleybuses (with overhead lines), the TOSA buses are battery-electric buses, charged during operation.



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