Limoges, France

Delivery: 2012

The transport operator Société des Transports en Commun de Limoges métropole (TCL) has ordered four new articulated trolleybuses from Hess and Vossloh Kiepe.

Vossloh Kiepe delivers the complete electrical traction equipment for the environment-friendly vehicles. The three-axle vehicles have got 41 seats and room for 105 standing passengers. The modern trolleybuses are powered by two 120 kW strong traction motors on the centre and rear axle, respectively. Moreover, the vehicles have a diesel generator unit as an emergency power unit. The kinetic energy released during braking is converted into electrical energy, which is recuperated to the overhead contact line system and made available to other vehicles. The dual-axle drive was introduced for the first time ever in France within the scope of the Limoges project.