Solaris Trollino 12 Metrostyle

Solaris Trollino 12 Metrostyle (Škoda Bluedrive) in Castelló de la Plana (Valencia, Spain)

The Solaris Trollino 12 trolleybuses are members of the modern trolleybus vehicle family developed by Ganz Transelektro Közlekedesi Zrt., which won the Grand Prize of the Industria 2001 International Trade Fair. The trolleybus is based on the Urbino 12 buses of the Polish company Solaris Bus & Coach. After the bankruptcy of Ganz-Transelektro, Ganz Škoda Közlekedesi Zrt. took over the production of trolleybuses.

They have a modern IGBT inverter drive, a three-phase asynchronous motor, a microprocessor control system, and multi-level diagnostic protection to help the driver. The vehicle can feed back into the network when braking, as well as provide its own energy supply, for example by recuperating self-propelled lithium-ion batteries. With a NiMH battery or a diesel engine generator, they are able to operate independently of the overhead line, which can be useful in the event of an overhead line break, mains voltage failure, traffic obstruction or sections operating without an overhead line (cityscape protection, expensive construction). Its self-propelled capacity is 4 km with a full passenger load.

The vehicle is 100% low-floor. To facilitate boarding for disabled passengers, it has a so-called kneeling function and a manually operated fold-down ramp at the middle door. It has a modern Courier-compatible audio-visual passenger information system with LED external signs and, on newer versions, a TFT internal monitor. The driver’s cab and the passenger compartment are air-conditioned, the cooling/heating is controlled automatically. They are equipped with a central greasing device.

The solo and articulated buses of the Polish Solaris company use modern technical solutions. 100% low-floor construction, with a floor height of 360 mm and curbside tipping function. Self-supporting chassis, chassis frame: full stainless steel, vehicle body: stainless steel, full stainless body, stainless steel plate, glass fiber reinforced plastic and aluminum.

They have a Škoda Bluedrive asynchronous motor drive. Škoda drive container and auxiliary power supply unit. Rotary air compressor driven by an asynchronous motor, Škoda drive motors, which have a nominal power of 160 kW. The hydraulic main pump is installed at the end of the drive motor in a design with lossless regulation. The auxiliary pump is powered by a 24V DC inverter three-phase low-voltage motor. Air conditioner compressors are three-phase integrated motor-compressor units. The heating device is a liquid medium, electric heating filaments in the water heater heat the G30 heating medium to the operating temperature.

The passenger doors are inward-opening planetary doors with electric operation, edge re-openers per door wing and infrared sensors above the doors. The door panels are equipped with force limitation in both closing and opening directions.

The pantographs are made in the Czech Republic with pneumatic operation and air spring design.

Assembly: Bolechowo-Osiedle (Poland)

Years of production: 2001—

Length: 12,000 mm

Width: 2550 mm

Height: 3450 mm

Capacity: 68 passengers (31 seats)

Power: 160 kW

Max speed: 75 km/h

Range: 4 km

Weight: 12,470 kg

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