Presentation of the first electric trolleybus manufactured in Argentina
It is a prototype whose components were developed entirely in Santa Fe Province.
Rosario continues its commitment to sustainable mobility at a steady pace. An eloquent fact marks its first line of collectives, powered almost 100% with biodiesel, a biofuel obtained from soybeans, in this case.
In addition, Rosario is one of the three cities in the country, together with Cordoba and Mendoza, with a wide experience in the trolleybus type service.
Since 1959, the city Santa Fe provided this service as alternative public transport, currently with two lines: K and Q, whose units are powered by solar energy and lithium-ion batteries (Bio-Bus solar).
Now, the novelty is that within the program Bio-Bus, the province has presented the first electric prototype 100% developed in Santa Fe (Bio-Bus Electric).
The bus was built in the city of Rosario. The development of its mechanical engineering and software was provided by local entrepreneurs INVENTU Mobility, whilst the bodywork was built by a San Carlos Company. On the other hand, the engine was supplied by Czerweny, A traditional electric motor industry company located in the city of Gálvez in Santa Fe.
The design, for its part, was also the work of a Rosario: Juan Manuel Díaz, a renowned automotive designer who currently works in a division of Audi.
The development of the first Argentine electric bus demanded 8 months of work and its approximate cost was USD150,000. It is a joint venture of the companies ENERFE (the provincial company of renewable energies and Gas) and MOVI (the company of Mobility of the city) since they invested for the investigation and the development of this vehicle with the idea that it forms part of its line of Trolleybuses.
“The road tests are about to begin. In a few days, the electric bus will begin to be used on the usual route of the K line. The idea is that in the future these new units will replace the 20 units currently comprising the K line, “he said to Clarín Dr. Carlos Comi, president of the Mobility Agency of Rosario.
The project’s production volume in series is yet to be defined. The interesting initiative aims to cover three objectives. From the economic, promoting the bodywork industry and the development of automotive technologies; from the social, generating local work sources that develop and improve the transport system; And from the environmental, avoiding the emission of toxic gases to be a completely clean vehicle.
“We have the pride to be one of only five countries that produce trolleybuses in the world, and this new electric bus prototype has the technology to be commercialized in any market, “noted Comi.
The new bus has an electric motor that delivers 125 horsepower and a torque of 2,200 Nm, low floor body, capacity for 27 seated passengers, multimedia information system for passengers, air conditioning and Wi-Fi, among other options.
Source: El Clarin