SOLARIS TROLLEYBUSES FOR GERMAN CITY OF EBERSWALDE
Solaris Bus & Coach will supply 12 Solaris Trollino to Barnimer Busgesellschaft of Eberswalde, Germany. These new articulated trolleybuses will renew the fleet of Germany’s oldest trolleybus network. They will be the first Solaris trolleybuses for a German operator. The city of Eberswalde, located just 50 km north Berlin, is home to one of only three trolleybus systems in Germany. The new Solaris Trollino demonstrate Eberswalde’s continued commitment to climate protection. Extremely quiet and emission-free at the point of operation, these trolleybuses will provide sustainable electric mobility.
The new Solaris Trollino 18 for BBG are 18-metre articulated low-floor trolleybuses. Their passengers enjoy a fully air-conditioned interior. 42 fixed seats and four tip-up seats are provided, while four sets of doors help to keep stop dwell times short. Ample space for buggies and wheelchair users is provided at the second and third doors. Czech manufacturer Cegelec will supply the traction equipment for BBG’s new Solaris trolleybuses. The electric motor is rated at 240 kW. The state-of-the-art technology of these new vehicles includes supercapacitors which will store energy regenerated during braking. This will be used in subsequent acceleration, reducing energy consumption. In order to ensure freedom of operation around the depot as well as in case of route diversions, Eberswalde’s Solaris Trollino will be equipped with 100 kW diesel auxiliary power units meeting the demanding Euro 5 emissions standard. Working in conjunction with the supercapacitors, they will enable the trolleybuses to operate independent of an overhead power supply for up to five kilometres. The BBG-operated trolleybus network in Eberswalde is the oldest of its kind in Germany, celebrating its 70th anniversary in November 2010. The first of the new Solaris Trollino will enter service in time for the celebrations, with the rest of the batch to follow by the end of 2012. Since its launch in 2001, more than 350 Solaris Trollino have been built, making it one of Europe’s most successful trolleybuses. The new Solaris Trollino for BBG of Eberswalde will be the first of their kind in Germany. Similar vehicles already are in operation in a dozen European countries from Estonia to Portugal.