The transportation company in the Slovakian city of Presov has ordered an additional six trolleybuses from Skoda Group. These 18-meter buses will have Solaris bodies and will be equipped with traction batteries that allow for a range of at least 12 kilometers on routes without overhead lines.
The city of Presov, with a population of 90,000, already has a 30-kilometer-long trolleybus network with seven routes and 44 trolleybuses. The new trolleybuses will feature amenities such as air conditioning, cameras, passenger counting devices, Wi-Fi, and USB sockets. Specific details about the drive configuration and delivery date for the new trolleybuses have not been provided by the companies.
Skoda Group trolleybuses are already in use in other Slovakian cities such as Bratislava, Zilina, and Banska Bystrica. Additionally, the company has recently signed a framework agreement with a public transport company in Pilsen, Czech Republic for up to 53 new trolleybuses and accepted an order for 33 buses from Usti nad Labem.
“Slovakia has long been a key market for us. A wide range of vehicles is available to passengers across our portfolio, whether they are trolleybuses, trams or trains,” expresses Petr Novotný, President Components & Bus Mobility of the Škoda Group.
Despite its name, Skoda Transportation or the Skoda Group is not a part of the Volkswagen Group, but instead belongs to the PPF Group, which is a Czech company owned by Petr Kellner. Similar to other companies such as Volvo Cars and Volvo Group or Rolls-Royce and Rolls-Royce plc, Skoda Cars and Skoda Group have a shared origin but have since gone their separate ways.