UNIQUE TROLLEYBUS SOON ON ITS WAY IN THE NETHERLANDS
The company EL-KW B.V. is to construct an 18-metre trolleybus in Arnhem that is capable of operating both with and without overhead wires (‘trolley 2.0’). It will be the first of its kind in Europe.
Trolleybuses are one of the most reliable forms of electric transport. They are clean, emit no exhaust gases and create hardly any noise. At the beginning of 2014 an international trolleybus conference was held in Arnhem. During the conference there was an extensive discussion on the future of the trolleybus in Europe and on the possibilities for operating them without overhead wires on part of their route. We have a certain amount of experience in Europe with the standard 12 m electric bus, but no experience of using articulated buses (18 m) that can be run (partially) on batteries and operated at full speed.
EL-KW B.V. is the Dutch arm of the Vayon green power Group. Within the city region EL-KW designs and manufactures electric powertrains and hybrid solutions for commercial vehicles. The costs of the project amount to more than 3 million euros and will be borne largely by the business community. The Municipality of Arnhem, Arnhem/Nijmegen City Region and Hermes/Connexxion will contribute part of the development costs. Hermes/Connexxion will also be contributing its expertise and selling two articulated trolleybuses to EL-KW B.V. The prototype trolleybus 2.0 has meanwhile been clocking up its first miles in Arnhem.