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Sweden: Solaris Trollino trolleybus selected for test drive on ‘EVolution Road’

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 07:55

For the ‘EVolution Road’ research project in Sweden, a Solaris Trollino trolleybus -- manufactured by Poland-based bus and coach maker Solaris -- will be test driven on a special electric-vehicle (EV) charging track in Lund city.

The ‘EVolution Road’ research project has been initiated by Elonroad, in association with the University of Lund and Sweden’s Transport Ministry. The other partners in the EUR 9-million project include Solaris, the municipality of Lund, Innovation Skåne AB, Kraftringen Energi AB, Skånetrafiken, and Ramboll AB.

The research project involves the construction of a special road track on which the batteries of EVs will be charged both while driving and at a halt. To enable on-track and stationary charging of EV batteries, segments of conductor rails --- each of one-meter length -- will be laid on a one-kilometre stretch. The power supply on the sections of the rail will be switched on for EV charging immediately when the EVolution Road identifies an approaching EV.

The vehicle which has been selected for test driving on the special EV-charging road track is a Solaris Trollino trolleybus. For the test drive, Solaris will install a special device underneath the bus, to enable its recharging from the conductor rails entrenched in the ground. The charging systems in the Trollino trolleybus will be developed and integrated by Solaris.

The commencement of the EVolution Road construction is scheduled for 2020 first quarter. The entire project will run for a period of three years.

Business: Auto SectorCompanies: SolarisRegion: SwedenPolandGeneral: FeaturedTNMCleanTech

US: Bollinger presents latest versions of B1 electric utility truck and B2 e-pickup

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 07:46

US electric vehicle startup Bollinger Motors has presented new versions of the Jeep-like Bollinger B1 electric utility truck and the Bollinger B2 electric pickup truck.

The introduction of the latest B1 and B2 versions by Bollinger have come at a time when the startup is nearing the production of the two trucks. With Bollinger having previously unveiled the early versions of B1 and B2, the latest versions of the trucks are apparently much closer in appearance and features to their expected production versions.

Going by indications from the latest versions of the B1 electric utility truck and the B2 electric pickup, the latest production specifications of the two trucks include 120 kWh battery pack, dual motors, 614 horsepower, 668 lb.-ft. Torque, and a two-speed, high/low range gearbox.

In addition, the new B1 and B2 versions also indicate that the payload capacity of the trucks will be 5201 lb., while the towing capacity will be 7500 lb. The trucks will have 7.8 power/weight ratio, 11.75-inch vented brakes, 4-wheel anti-lock inboard discs, and 15-inch ground clearance. The top speed of the trucks will be 100 mph, and they will achieve 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds.

With the latest versions of the B1 electric utility truck and the B2 electric pickup having now been unveiled, Bollinger has said that the details related to the production timeline and the pricing of the trucks will be disclosed in the “coming months.”

Companies: Bollinger MotorsGeneral: FeaturedTNMProduct LaunchRegion: United States