Iveco Bus awarded at Transport Publics for trolleybuses
Iveco Bus‘ commitment in the field of trolleybuses has been awarded with the Public transport innovation award in the “Move Green!” Energy-Environment category at Transport Publics 2018. More than 800 trolleybuses designed and produced by Iveco Bus are already on the road in Europe.
Urbanway and Crealis trolleybuses awarded
“Transports Publics 2018” brings together Europe’s leading players in the sustainable mobility sector showcasing the latest innovations in public transport equipment, techniques and management. The Public Transport Innovation Awards, organized under the auspices of the French Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, recognize European companies that are focusing on developing new products and services for public transportation. Iveco Bus has won the “Move Green!” category with its pioneering range of Urbanway and Crealis trolleybuses that combine two-wire overhead supply lines with battery-based power storage, in order to allow the vehicles to afford part of the service without connection with the supply lines.
The battery recharge automatically during service
The technology, as stated in a press release from Iveco Bus, guarantees excellent performance on hilly routes without compromising battery life or climate comfort. Operating time is maximised as the vehicles’ batteries recharge automatically when on roads with overhead lines using so called “opportunity charging”, which eliminates downtime for recharging. The trolleybuses are also capable of running on batteries for 25% to 40% of the route which ensures they can operate even on sections without overhead lines.
Iveco Bus, natural gas, electricity
“This award is tremendous encouragement for our new generation of trolleybuses which complete our range of alternative traction vehicles,” says Sylvain Blaise, Vice President of Iveco, in charge of Iveco Bus. “This award recognizes the excellence of our range of natural gas and electric vehicles. Our multiple options enable us to meet the expectations of municipalities and operators, whatever their needs or preferred energy”. Iveco Bus, based in Lyon, France, designs the Urbanway and Crealis at its R&D center in Venissieux, and produces them at the Annonay plant in Ardèche. This site, which has been operating for over 100 years, has some 1,400 employees. Non-diesel alternative-fuel vehicles now constitute more than 50% of the plant’s production.