Solaris has sold articulated Trollino 18 trolleybuses to Milan. Signed on 21 May, the framework contract stipulates the supply of 80 vehicles in total. The first of these will be delivered mid-2019. Public transport operator ATM has been offered the option to order another 50 vehicles. The contract value amounts to €61,5 million.
The Milanese Trollino 18 will be fitted with two traction motors with a power of 160 kW each. 45 kWh batteries allow the trolleybuses to continue driving for up to 15 km even when they are detached from the traction line. They will ensure e.g. further travel in case of a power supply failure or on route stretches devoid of power lines (for instance in the historical parts of the city). The trolleybuses can carry up to 135 passengers, including 31 sitting on seats.
An efficient air conditioning system provides comfort to all passengers. One of the safety standard improvements is the permanent monitoring of the insulation, from the bodyframe, of components powered by means of high-voltage cables.
Should any irregularities be detected, the system will automatically lower the pantograph. The operator from Milan has commissioned a highly advanced monitoring system. It will include nine cameras and a rear-view camera, a 10" screen on the central console and a data logger. Moreover, the vehicles will be equipped with a passenger counting system.
The receipt of 10 Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses was completed in Milan in May. ATM ordered another 15 vehicles. The Polish producer has already supplied nearly 150 buses to Milan.
The articulated Trollino 18 trolleybuses will join that fleet next year. Solaris has been present in Italy since 2003, having supplied more than 900 buses and trolleybuses so far.