Prague orders 20 Solaris bi-artics

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Solaris, in consortium with Škoda Electric, is to supply 20 bi-articulated Trollino 24 trolleybuses for service in the city of Prague, its first such large order for vehicles of this type, which was introduced in 2019. The vehicles will be delivered within 24 months to city operator Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy (DPP).

“We would like to congratulate the city of Prague on this investment in state-of-the-art and locally emission-free vehicles. The Trollino 24 trolleybus is our response to increasing passenger capacities on the most used routes in congested towns and cities. Putting 20 bi-articulated trolleybuses into operation will be a perfect solution for this metropolis. I am convinced that these cutting-edge, carefully designed, and above all, zero-emission vehicles with extensive equipment will become a calling card for the Czech capital,” said Petros Spinaris, Solaris Management Board Member for Sales, Marketing and After Sales. Each 24.7-metre, four axle vehicle will be fitted with two drive axles, and traction batteries, used as a source of energy in the event of power supply failure, will be fitted on the roof of the vehicle’s second section. When running on traction batteries, the buses are expected to have a range of 11km.

The vehicle interior, capable of swallowing 179 passengers, including 54 seated, will also feature two bays for passengers in wheelchairs, and the buses will have five doors. A video surveillance system will include cameras monitoring the interior, a rear-view camera and a camera watching the trolley poles.

The largest order yet for Solaris’ 24-metre trolleybus will see 20 examples hit the road in Prague. SOLARIS