MINSK, 18 May (BelTA) – Gorelektrotrans, the city electric transport company from St. Petersburg, has leased 20 trolleybuses of 43303 model produced by Belkommunmash, BelTA learned from the Belarusian mechanical engineering company Belkommunmash.
The supply contest was won together with OOO Promagroleasing-Tsentr. The first shipments are planned for May. In June the trolleybuses will be already humming along the city routes after start-up work.
“Today we are the only manufacturer of trolleybuses in the post-Soviet space. All other plants have either ceased to exist or do not produce articulated trolleybuses,” said Oleg Bytsko, director of the Science and Technology Manufacturing Center Belkommunmash – chief designer at Belkommunmash. “The trolleybus is based on the body of the E433 electric bus and has a similar look. We have changed the configuration of the equipment to the one of the classic trolleybus,” he noted. According to him, this vehicle is meant for major cities where there are large passenger flows.
The trolleybus version takes into account the features of passenger transport in this Russian region. The trolleybus has more than 40 seats, can transport 162 passengers. There are also three folding seats and a heated seat for the conductor.
The low-floor trolleybus is equipped with a body tilting system and a folding ramp (platform) for people in wheelchairs. The CCTV system has 12 cameras. The salon features a Wi-Fi-router and USB sockets.
The trolleybus is equipped with an electronic travel payment control system, a passenger traffic counting system, the Speaking City radio information system for passengers with disabilities, a rapid passenger information module (two media complexes with two monitors each).
According to the company, the average age of the articulated rolling stock of the St. Petersburg trolleybus fleet is 16 years (with the recommended service life of ten years). This is the first purchase of such vehicles over the past eight years. Over the last three years the city has purchased 35 Belkommunmash trolleybuses of 32100D model and 16 trolleybuses of 321 model.