On the 18th of March 2019, transport, sustainability and innovation came together in trolley city Arnhem! Introducing Trolly 2.0, a public transport facility unique to the Netherlands that generates its own energy for inhabitants of the city, simply by driving.
Arnhem has the ambition to drive with zero emissions by 2023, the new public transport concession. The Trolley 2.0 will make a major contribution to this aim, as no polluting fuels are emitted by this form of public transport. With the Trolley 2.0, a bus is powered by both the overhead lines and a battery in the bus. This enables the innovative bus to drive at least 10 kilometres without an overhead line, allowing for transport also in villages and districts outside Arnhem, in which there are no overhead lines. The battery is charged through the overhead line while the bus is driving. Meanwhile, no energy is lost: if the bus brakes, that braking energy will be stored in the battery or delivered back to the trolley overhead line. With the Trolley 2.0, gas buses in and around Arnhem can be a thing of the past and the cleanest public transport concession in the Netherlands will become even cleaner.
The Municipality of Arnhem, the Province of Gelderland, the Municipality of Renkum and the Hermes Transport Company invited many e-mobility specialists to be present at this festive presentation of the Trolley 2.0. On the list of important stakeholders were also some partners of the CleanMobilEnergy project.
Following the engaging presentations on ''Arnhem as an innovative city'', the ''Smart Trolley Grid'' and ''In Motion Charging'', there was a Visit to Industriepark Kleefse Waard (IPKW) with a guided tour followed by a visit to Allego, which demonstrated end-to-end charging solutions.
The Trolly 2.0 event came to a close in the Town Hall of Arnhem, where Mayor Ahmed Marcouch kicked off the first ride of the Trolley 2.0, together with Juul van Hout, Director of Hermes, and Conny Bieze, Member of the Provincial Executive of Gelderland.
The introduction of Trolly 2.0 in Arnhem is of interest to CME not just because of pilot city Arnhem's commitment of zero-emission transport (i.e. clean mobile energy) by 2023: the trolley grid can potentially be fitted in the interoperable Energy Management System (iEMS), overseen within the CME project, for the energy production and consumption in the city of Arnhem.
The old trolly system used in Arnhem, prior to the introduction of Trolly 2.0.
The shiny new trolly system in Arnhem as of the 18th of March 2019. The introduction of Trolly 2.0 not only offers more attractive trollies, but also serves as a major stepping stone toward Anrhem's commitment to zero-emission transport by 2023.
Mayor Ahmed Marcouch kicked off the first ride of the Trolley 2.0 on the 18th of March 2019.
Relevant stakeholders for the Trolly 2.0 attended presentations on the new transport system (above) before heading to the tour of the Industriepark Kleefse Waard (below).