ŠKODA ELECTRIC BEGINS DELIVERIES OF TROLLEYBUSES TO NORWAY
Škoda Electric from the Škoda Transportation Group handed over the first vehicle of a fleet of ten new trolleybuses for the Norwegian city of Bergen. The first passengers should take a ride in modern low-floor vehicles during the autumn of this year.
"We started deliveries of the completed trolleybuses in September this year, and we will finish this contract during the autumn," says Jan Naglmüller, Project Manager of Škoda Electric. Norway's second-largest city, Bergen, called the "gateway to the fjords", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pilsen-based Škoda factory is the manufacturer of the complete electrical equipment for the trolleybuses and the place where the vehicles take their final shape during the final assembly stage, while Solaris is the final supplier of the new trolleybuses for the Norwegian customer.
Bergen gets trolleybuses with many innovative solutions that help increase passenger comfort and safety. In addition, the vehicles make an active contribution to reducing emissions in cities and thus minimize the environmental impacts. "Another advantage is the battery drive for fully autonomous running - the vehicle will travel up to 11 kilometres in this mode. The batteries will be charged from the overhead line during travel. Thanks to the battery, the trolleybus can also travel in city areas with no overhead lines and the city does not have to build new infrastructure. It is thus possible to serve those parts of the city lying out of the trolley network, “explains the advantages of the trolleybuses Pavel Kuch, Sales Manager of Škoda Electric. He reminded that the trolleybuses also include equipment that provides thermal comfort in harsh Nordic climate conditions - such as additional insulation of the sidewalls, ceiling and chassis in the area of the wheel arches and double-glazed side windows.
An interesting feature is the use of seat belts on the passenger seats, which help further increase safety. Trolleybuses are also equipped with a camera system consisting of cameras monitoring the interior of the vehicle, cameras in the door area, reversing cameras and cameras on the roof for monitoring the pantograph. An automatic passenger counting system is installed above all doors. The vehicles have full air conditioning of the whole vehicle, an information system with two large screens and next stop voice announcements. Articulated low-floor trolleybuses with a length of 18 meters are equipped with an asynchronous traction motor having a capacity of 250kW.
Bergen is one of only two cities in all of Scandinavia where trolleybuses are used for passengers in urban public transport. "The second city with trolleybus transport services is the Swedish Landskrona, where trolleybuses with the system developed by the Pilsen-based Škoda are also operated," points out Pavel Kuch. For the Pilsen-based Škoda, this is a comeback in the Norwegian market - twenty Škoda 9 Tr trolleybuses were operated in Bergen between 1972 and 1986.