10 SOLARIS TROLLEYBUSES FOR NORWAY
Keolis Norge AS has placed an order for 10 Solaris Trollino 18 articulated trolleybuses for Bergen. Norway's second largest city is also known as ‘the gate to the fjords', a city on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is the only city in Norway and one of only two in entire Scandinavia with a trolleybus system in operation.
The order has a total value of EUR 8 million. The delivery will commence in September 2020 and the beginning of line operation is also scheduled for Autumn 2020. The zero-emission vehicles of the Polish manufacturer will be used to service the only maintained trolleybus line in Bergen, with a length of 7.5 km. The Trollino 18 articulated trolleybuses ordered by Keolis will be powered by a 250 kW electric motor. The vehicles will also be equipped with 55 kWh traction batteries, thanks to which it will be possible to cover a distance of over 11 kilometres without the need to connect to the catenary system. The batteries will be charged while driving the trolleybus using 'in motion charging' technology (through current collectors mounted on the vehicle connected to the overhead contact line). As many as 47 seats will be fitted and are all equipped with seat belts. 10 seats will be available from the low floor level, which will make it easier for passengers with reduced mobility to take up their seat. Interestingly, one of the seats behind the driver's cabin will have the option of folding, thanks to which a place dedicated to the guide dog accompanying the blind will be created.
There is air conditioning for the driver's cabin and passenger compartment as well as passenger information system with two large screen monitors. Trolleybuses will also be equipped with CCTV system consisting of cameras monitoring the interior of the vehicle, door area cameras, a reversing camera and one on the roof, watching the pantograph. Above each of the doors, mounted in a 2+2+2+0 system, there will be passenger counting system installed.
The trolleybuses ordered by Keolis Norge AS will have a built-in breathalyser to check the driver's sobriety before starting the vehicle. They will also be equipped by the manufacturer with a special Scandinavian thermal insulation package, which improves the thermal comfort of passengers and reduces energy consumption in harsh Scandinavian atmospheric conditions. It includes, among others additional insulation of the side walls, the ceiling and the chassis in the area of the wheel arches, as well as double side windows. The vehicles will also be adapted to the use of snow.