Czech electric bus in operation abroad
The new electric bus Peron from the company Škoda Electric set out on its first mission abroad recently. These last few weeks, it is in operation for passengers in the former capital of Poland Krakow during its trial runs for the local transport company.
"Krakow plans to implement an emission-free operation in future within the larger historical centre and our modern ecologic vehicle is intended for this very purpose. We are pleased that the Krakow transport company put Perun into trial operation," says sales manager of Škoda Electric Pavel Kuch. "The electric bus is used on two lines with the average length of 12 kilometres and its trial operation will last three months. The recent experience obtained from its several-week operation is very positive. The Polish transport company speaks highly of the the cooperation with Škoda and has expressed great satisfaction with the operation of the new electric bus," adds Wojciech Grzonka general manager of the daughter company of Škoda Transportation in Poland.
Already thousands of passengers have travelled by the new electric bus in Bohemian and Moravian cities. This modern vehicle was introduced in operation for example in Opava in May and June, then it carried passengers on lines in Olomouc and Zlín, and lastly, people in Liberec were able to try it out. "Transport companies are very much interested in trying out our electric bus, both in the Czech Republic and abroad, as can be seen in Krakow," adds Pavel Kuch.
Manufacturing of the battery-powered electric bus Škoda Perun (Pure Electric RUNner) is based on the development of trolleybuses, hydrogen-powered bus and mass-produced hybrid. Škoda Eletric has invested about 200 millions CZK per year for several years already. Besides the ecological operation, advantages of the new electric bus include also lower operation costs when compared with classic buses with the combustion engine.
It is a twelve-meter long low-floor vehicle with the output of 160kW and the range of about 150 kilometres. However, the particular technical characteristics of the vehicle related to the range and occupancy depend on the installed battery. This means that vehicle parameters are not rigid, they can be customised. The vehicle is intended for about 80 passengers and its maximum speed is 70 km/hod.
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Škoda Electric, the subsidiary company Škoda Transportation, is a traditional producer of electric drives and traction motors for locomotives, suburban train units, subway, trolleybuses, trams, mining vehicles, etc. It is a continuation of a longtime tradition of electrotechnical production of Škoda´s factories in Pilsen, which was initiated in the year 1901 in the Electrotechnical plant. High technical performance of Škoda Electric products, long-term experience with production and excellent quality of technology together with high productivity of employees offer effective conditions for successful production destined for local as well as foreign markets.