Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. has signed a framework contract for the delivery of 50 Trollino 18 trolleybuses to the Romanian city of Cluj Napoca. The ordering party is the City Hall, whereas the operator of the buses will be local transport provider, CTP Cluj Napoca. In line with the contract, the vehicles will be supplied in batches once every half year.
The Trollino 18 vehicles will be fitted with a 250 kW traction motor and an additional energy storage device in the form of supercapacitators. The trolleybuses will carry up to 140 passengers, 36 seated. The driveline will be provided by Škoda.
The vehicles will feature a range of amenities for passengers, including air conditioning, a sophisticated passenger information system or seats made of top-quality, anti-static material with anti-graffiti properties. The ordered Trollino with a 2-2-2-2 door arrangement will be equipped with a Solaris touch panel. Moreover, the driver will benefit from a set of indoor and outdoor cameras, including one for monitoring the pantograph.
Last year, Cluj Napoca authorities ordered a total of 23 emission free Solaris Urbino 12 electric. 11 of those are already in use; the remaining 12 are to be supplied by the end of this year. As part of the contractual option the producer may supply another 18 of these vehicles.
Taking into account the current order, CTP Cluj Napoca will become the operator with the biggest fleet of Solaris vehicles in Romania. It is also the biggest operator of electric buses in that country and, taking into account its green transport-focused purchasing plans, the city is one of the most advanced in Europe in terms of electromobility.
Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. is a Europe-wide leading producer of trolleybuses, which have been part of its offer since 2001. Solaris’ vehicles powered by means of traction lines are already running in Rome, Budapest, Vilnius, Salzburg and Gdynia, among others. Last year, the producer supplied trolleybuses with hydrogen fuel cells as range extenders to Riga.