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Vancouver, Canada

Lieferung: 2005-2008

Vancouver is the largest metropolis in Western Canada and operates the second largest fleet of electric trolley buses in North America. The Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (GVTA) has decided to replace the entire 20 year old trolley bus fleet with modern low-floor buses with electrical equipment from Vossloh Kiepe, Germany. Thus reliable and quiet, zero emission trolley buses will continue to be the backbone of local passenger transit in the Vancouver city region.


These low-floor vehicles are designed and built in close cooperation with New Flyer Industries of Winnipeg, Canada. A total of 228 trolley buses are ordered with an option for 20 extra units: 188 standard electric trolley buses (SETB) and 40 articulated electric trolley buses (AETB) of the E40LF and E60LF family. These are to be in full service prior to the 2010 Olympic winter games. These vehicles will fulfill the highest requirements regarding passenger and operator comfort.

A mobility aid ramp, in conjunction with the kneeling function of the bus, permits comfortable boarding for disabled passengers. A retractable bicycle rack is provided on the front of the bus.

A new electric dewirement detection system has been developed for this series. This patented device was designed together with the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority?s Coast Mountain Bus Company. Supported by pneumatically-propelled retriever reels, this system adds to the proven Vossloh Kiepe current collector design.

A battery-powered emergency power unit provides power when the overhead line is not available, so that minor route deviations may be made around road construction sites or traffic jams.

Electronic data transmission via the proven CANopen system helps to reduce the amount of cabling and boosts system reliability. Moreover, a user-friendly and efficient diagnostic system is available.

The low-floor trolley bus design is made possible by the compact Vossloh Kiepe roof-mounted equipment enclosure. This container is easily accessible for maintenance and safely protected in the event of traffic accidents. The aluminium housing includes the most important electronic units for the traction and the on-board power supply, and has been designed to facilitate rapid replacement of key modules, thus ensuring the highest degree of vehicle availability. The modern technology also offers ABS and TCS as well as a vehicle roll-back protection and allows powerful driving up to an electronically limited maximum speed of 65 km/h.

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