The innovative trolleybus: in motion charging in new Knowledge Brief

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It’s another week closer to the International Bus Conference, and our journey with “The Story of the Bus” continues!

We first hit the road in July where our UITP Bus left the station with our official 100 Day Countdown to the world’s largest event dedicated to the bus (Brussels, 21-23 October 2019) and so far we’ve pulled up at the side for our Global Bus Survey Statistics Brief and our BRT Report

Plus we’ve had two special pick-up points for news on our projects ASSURED and E-LOBSTER.

Now that you’re all caught up, let’s hit the road on the Trolleybus!

Today we pull up at stop number four for the release of the UITP Knowledge Brief In Motion Charging: the Innovate Trolleybus – an informative sector update on status, opportunities, comparisons and advantages.

The latest Knowledge Brief from UITP focuses on In Motion Charging with the Trolleybus… but what is the development of In Motion Charging?

In Motion Charging provides a very efficient and interesting solution for the electrification of city transport. All other means of charging on the spot have their potential limits – but In Motion Charging can be also combined with opportunity charging.

The latest UITP Knowledge Brief, available in full to our members, presents the benefits of introducing trolleybuses with In Motion Charging into a city. It also details the opportunities of upgrading an already existing trolleybus system with In Motion Charging technology.

So what is the current status of the trolleybus?

Currently, there’s 277 trolley systems in the world – with approximately 50 systems having new trolley-battery concepts.

For the past 130 years, trolleybuses have been running in almost 300 cities all around the world.

Great change began in 2010 with the renaissance of the conventional trolleybus, and from 2012-2018, further developments were made with battery mode feasibility and the demonstrations of new battery-trolley and smart trolley grid concepts.

In recent years, new technological advances – such as In Motion Charging – have been introduced in a range of cities, with success in Prague, St. Petersburg, Gdynia and many more.

And what’s the future for In Motion Charging and the Trolleybus?

Many cities using a trolleybus infrastructure are now implementing In Motion Charging vehicles for wireless line operation.

There’s also great opportunities to sync with other public transport modes as in many cities, trams and trolleybuses can operate in complementary.

For introducing a new reliable trolleybus system in a city, the installation of some few overhead wires can be the least expensive and sustainable solution. This is particularly cost effective for big fleets or for high energy demanding operation due to high average commercial speed (Bus Rapid Transit).

“This latest Knowledge Brief from UITP will provide the sector with an update on In Motion Charging technology at the perfect opportunity. The bus sector is undergoing a resurgence right now and UITP can lead, alongside our members, with bringing insight and information to the forefront. The International Bus Conference 2019 will be the perfect opportunity to discuss these developments and many more, at the very best time for the bus”, said Yussup Khassiev, Trolleybus Committee Manager, Head of Moscow and Astana Offices, UITP.

It’s clear that new technologies are continuing to arrive in the bus sector, and that In Motion Charging is bringing many new advancements.

These developments and more will be discussed alongside many other innovative topics when the sector gathers for the International Bus Conference this autumn (Brussels, 21-23 October 2019).

Read the UITP Knowledge Brief In Motion Charging: Innovative Trolleybus now (members-only)

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