Budapest [HU] - 60 more trolleybuses on order
K. Budach - 04.12.17
Budapest's public transport company BKV has made use of contractual options to acquire another 60 trolleybuses from the the consortium of Solaris and Skoda. The original framework agreement was signed in 2014, with 36 low-floor trolleys then being delivered in 2015. As part of the latest order, 31 articulated vehicles and 29 single units with a length of 12 m will soon boost electric bus services in Hungary's capital city. The deal is worth 10.2 billion HUF. Just like the 2015 series, the latest batch of trolleybuses will also be fitted with traction batteries, allowing them to run up to 4 km off wire. Unlike the earlier vehicles, the 60 new buses will feature an updated body design.
As part of this fleet modernization process, all of the older Ikarus/Ganz 280 articulated trolleys will eventually be withdrawn; presently 45 remain in active use. Based on the original framework contract from 2014, BKV still has open options for 12 more trolleybuses, although these would need to be ordered by 2019. At the moment though, finance for such a procurement has not yet been secured.
On 16 September 2016, the articulated Solaris trolleybus 9011 is seen on line 82, while passing MAN 352 (formerly Eberswalde 038). Photo: Rafał Tarnawski, courtesy of http://trollino.mashke.org
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