TROLLEYBUSES FROM PILSEN ARE HEADING TO FRANCE
Trolleybuses from Škoda Electric will soon begin serving another Western European city – the Pilsen-based company has delivered to its French customer the first two of three new articulated buses for the city of Limoges, for which it manufactured the complete power drive, including batteries, and carried out the final assembly.
“This is not Škoda’s first success with trolleybuses in the Western market. In the past, the company has also participated in similar deliveries, primarily to Italy, but also Spain, Sweden and Portugal,” says Pavel Kuch, the sales manager of Škoda Electric.
The new trolleybuses for Limoges are fully battery-powered with dynamic recharging during the ride, which allows them to operate trouble-free on longer stretches of track where there are no trolley lines. "The battery system provides a range of up to 15 kilometers off the trolley line. This will enable our trolleybuses in Limoges to cover part of the line in the electric mode,” explains project manager Jan Naglmüller of Škoda Electric.
The design of these buses has allowed Škoda to enjoy great success on the market – battery power gives transporters greater flexibility of use. Equipped with this innovative solution, these buses are part of the fleets of carriers located mainly in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. “The delivery for Limoges and the current project to supply trolleybuses to the French city of St. Etienne shows that we can be successful even in these very demanding territories,” points out Pavel Kuch.
The new trolleybuses for Limoges are the result of the collaboration between the Pilsen-based company and the multinational concern Iveco, which is the final contractor. The future Western European home for these new buses – French Limoges – is located in west-central France, about 400 kilometers south of Paris. The city has about 135,000 inhabitants and includes a trolleybus park for 31 vehicles.