ŠKODA HAS SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERED THE FIRST TROLLEYBUSES FOR ST. ETIENNE, FRANCE
The first five new trolleybuses, whose production Plzeň-based Škoda Electric significantly contributed to, arrived in the French city of St. Etienne at the turn of the year. The local transport company will gradually acquire a total of 22 new modern vehicles with complete electrical equipment from the Plzeň-based company. Škoda also ensured final assembly and testing of vehicles in Plzeň.
“These are modern 12-meter trolleybuses in a new Solaris body. The vehicles will be fully air-conditioned, equipped with a camera system and an innovative interior lighting system. The vehicles are also equipped with batteries, thanks to which they can also be used in places without an overhead contact line. The batteries are recharged while driving on the trolley line,” explains Škoda Electric Sales Manager Pavel Kuch, adding that trolleybuses will typically run on battery-powered sections of approximately 10 kilometers, and the vehicles can occasionally run for up to 20 kilometers in exceptional cases.
The first part of the fleet arrived in France at the end of 2019. "Additional deliveries will be made between 2020 and 2022," says Project Manager Oldřich Husa from Škoda Electric. There are currently only four cities in France with trolleybus transport - Lyon, Nancy, Limoges and Saint-Étienne. More cities in France plan the return of these green vehicles in the coming years.
The delivery for St. Etienne is one of Škoda's many battery-powered trolleybus projects in Western European markets. “Škoda's success reflects high customer satisfaction with the quality and reliability of our deliveries,” says Pavel Kuch. Škoda is involved in contracts for Limoges, France; Cagliari, Italy; Castellon, Spain, and Szeged and Budapest in Hungary.