Solaris and Skoda Electric deliver 48 trolleybuses to Budapest

Solaris and Skoda Electric deliver 48 trolleybuses to Budapest

A consortium consisting of Solaris Bus & Coach and Skoda Electric has received an order for 48 battery-electric trolleybuses from Budapest. The current order of 12- and 18-meter buses goes back to a framework agreement from 2014, which has now been completely fulfilled with the order.

According to Solaris, the consortium signed a framework agreement with the Budapesti Közlekedési Központ Zrt (BKK) municipal transport company in 2014, initially for the delivery of 24 trolleybuses and an option for 84 more vehicles. In 2015, BKK then ordered 36 more vehicles, which means that 60 Trollino buses are currently on the road in the Hungarian capital.

With the 48 trolleybuses now on order, the total number of 108 vehicles agreed in 2014 will then be reached. Specifically, the order is split between 12 Trollino 12s and 36 Trollino 18s, i.e. the 18-metre articulated version. The 48 buses are scheduled for delivery by autumn 2022, Solaris said.

The vehicles are Solaris' Trollino series, which are designed as trolleybuses - the battery-electric and fuel cell-electric variants bear the model name Urbino. Czech company Skoda Electric - which has the same origins as VW subsidiary Skoda Auto but now has different owners - is supplying the batteries and electrical equipment for the Hungarian buses. The batteries will enable the trolleybuses for Budapest to travel at least four kilometres without overhead lines.