Trolleybus System Feasibility Study

Client: Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB), Leipzig, Germany

The trolleybus mode has been always controversial due to its unclear position between bus and tram systems. However the state-of-the-art technologies as, for example, energy storage or braking systems provide new advantages for this quiet zero-emission mode of transportation and makes it very attractive.

LVB, the city operator in Leipzig, is planning to procure new fleet of low-floor articulated buses. During this process LVB wishes to investigate alternative propulsion technologies as a feasible alternative to diesel buses. The study is focused on the trolleybus technology as an attractive transport mode at times of rising fuel prices and the uncertainty in regard to long-term oil availability.

The overall project objective is to elaborate the comprehensive decision basis for the long-term development strategy of the Leipzig bus system.

Leipzig, Germany 2009

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