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Arnhem [NL] - Invitation to the 2016 VOC Symposium

J. Lehmann - 26.09.16

As one of the members of the public transport advocacy association VOC, the City of Arnhem will organize a symposium on 5 October 2016 about innovative and sustainable public transport vehicles. The program will discus scientific as well as administrative aspects of public transport development and shall highlight relevant local projects. The gathering will take place at the industrial estate Kleefse Waard (IPKW), about 2 km from the depot Westervoortsedijk.

Welcome addresses will be delivered by the Mayor of Arnhem as well as the Director of the Clean Mobility Center. At 12:45, Prof. Dr. Ing. Adolf Müller-Hellmann from RWTH Aachen and Erik Lenz of the e-buses division at Vossloh Kiepe will hold keynote speeches.

After lunch, 8 different 5-minute short presentations will be given, including an address by Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Steiner, President of trolley:motion and Marcel Manheller, Project Manager for eMobility at Vossloh Kiepe. The latter will provide brand-new information on the recently approved project "E-Bus 2020".

This innovative initiative includes the installation of re-charging stations for e-bikes and electric cars in the Schuytgraaf residential settlement, using infrastructure and instalations from the Arnhem trolleybus network, after this was extended to serve the new settlement in 2010. Additionally, more information will be given on the two new articulated trolleybuses of the "Trolley 2.0" type, which shall be fitted with powerful battery packs in order to serve diesel bus routes in Arnhem. The local plan calls for the trolleys to apply the concept of In-Motion-Charging (IMC), thus re-loading their batteries during normal trolleybus running under the catenary, before continuing off wire on non-electrified routes in battery mode. This technical approach and bus allocation concept eliminates the need for time-consuming re-charging pauses.

Based on a report from the Dutch newspaper, the two vehicles are due for delivery from the Swiss producer Hess in 2017. In 2012, a total of 31 articulated trolleys were ordered from Hess and the last 10 are expected to arrive in Arnhem by spring 2017. So far 11 were supplied in 2013, with 5 each following in 2015 and 2016. Once all are in service, it will have allowed for the complete renewal of the Arnhem trolleybus fleet.

As local service contracts have stiuplated that buses should not exceed 15 years of age, the deployment of the Berkhof trolleys will end in 2017, as those vehicles delivered between 2000 and 2002 will have then reached their target age. While 7 such trolleys were already sold to Kaunas, Lithuania in summer 2016, units 5215, 5216 as well as 5221 to 5231 are still available for revenue service in Arnhem. Photos: Martin Schmelter, 7 September 2016.

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