Solaris and Kiepe Electric are the winning bidders in a tender held by operator Stadtwerke Solingen GmbH (SWS) in Germany. Pursuant to this commission, the manufacturer will deliver 16 state-of-the-art Trollino 12 trolleybuses. This means that, including previous deliveries, a total of 36 trolleybuses of the Solaris Trollino make will be deployed on the streets of Solingen.
In line with the provisions of the offer submitted by a consortium of Solaris and German driveline producer Kiepe Electric, the commission will be divided into two batches. The first 8 trolleybuses will be delivered in 2021, the second part of the order is to arrive by the end of 2023. At the same time, Solaris is working on the completion of an order for 16 articulated trolleybuses for this German operator.
“Our goal is to continuously improve the quality of life and transport in Solingen. For years, SWS has been investing successively in new vehicles and replacing combustion engines with quiet and emission-free electric drives. Thanks to the procurement of 16 new Solaris Trollino 12 trolleybuses, city traffic in Solingen will be even safer and more comfortable” says Conrad Troullier, CEO of Stadtwerke Solingen GmbH.
“We bear witness to an extraordinary dynamic of modifications regarding the exchange of fleets of more and more European operators, for Solaris-made ultra-modern vehicles that limit the impact of transport on the environment. Next to electric and hydrogen buses, trolleybuses are a crucial item in our zero-emission portfolio. The experience stemming from the production of 1600 vehicles of this type has been once again appreciated by SWS which has once more opted for our trolleybuses and for an investment in the improvement of the life comfort of the residents of Solingen,” declared Petros Spinaris, Deputy CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach.
“With Solaris as a strong partner, Kiepe Electric has already successfully completed numerous projects. Now we will equip the Solaris Trollino 12-meter trolleybuses for the Solingen municipal operator with our innovative IMC® technology and electric equipment. Thanks to this, in Solingen local transport more diesel buses can be replaced by electric buses - an important step to further advance the already exemplary environmentally friendly public transport in Solingen”, said Alexander Ketterl, CEO of Kiepe Electric GmbH, Düsseldorf.
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The 1600 trolleybuses that have been manufactured by Solaris so far service passenger traffic in 17 states across