SOLARIS ARTICULATED TROLLEYBUSES WITH FUEL CELL RANGE EXTENDER FOR RIGA
Solaris Bus & Coach and the Latvian capital city operator Rigas Satiksme signed an agreement for the delivery of 10 low-floor trolleybuses equipped with a fuel cell range extender. The new solution will enable operation of the trolleybuses on the sections of Riga public transport network without overhead wires, but by energy stored in the batteries. The contract includes also an option for ten further vehicles – being new-generation Urbino 12 electric buses. These battery-powered vehicles also are to be fitted with fuel cells. The first trolleybus from this order is to roll onto Riga streets near the end of 2017.
Each trolleybus built for Riga is to be fitted with fuel cells as well as a battery set which allows the vehicle to operate without traction energy supplied from overhead wires for a stretch of up to 100 km. The innovative solution will be used in areas without overhead wires. The trolleybuses are fitted with Medcom traction motor.
While the first 10 Trollino 18,75 are to be based on the construction of the third generation Urbino, the second part of the agreement concerns 10 Urbino 12 electric in the new design. If the operator exercises the option, Solaris will deliver the new-generation battery-powered buses equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Rigas Satiksme will take the decision whether to buy further vehicles at a later date depending on availability of financial resources.
Solaris has been present in the Latvian market since 2001. From over 400 vehicles delivered, nearly 350 are running in Riga. Trolleybuses count for almost one third of the total.