Polish trolleybuses to arrive in Milan

Solaris Trollino 18 trolleybus. Photo:Wikimedia Commons

Solaris, a Polish manufacturer of urban-transport vehicles, signed a framework agreement to supply up to 80 trolleybuses to the Italian city of Milan.

Under the contract, which is worth EUR 61.5 million, thirty Trollino 18 vehicles will be provided to Milan's ATM transport company in the first half of 2019. If everything goes well, ATM could order additional fifty vehicles.

Trollino 18 is equipped with 45 kWh batteries which will allow the vehicle to operate in Milan's old quarters, which are outside the trolleybus-traction network.

While this is Solaris's first trolleybus deal with Milan, the Polish producer has already supplied almost 150 buses to the northern Italian city. Polish vehicles can also be encountered in cities such as Bologna, Cagliari, Naples or Rome. Overall, since 2003, Solaris has sold over 900 vehicles to Italy.

Based in the Wielkopolskie province (Western Poland), Solaris Bus & Coach is one of Europe's leading makers of buses, trolleybuses and trams. So far, it has supplied over 16,000 vehicles to 32 countries around the world. The company was established in 1996 by Krzysztof Olszewski and his wife Solange. After her husband fell ill Ms Olszewska has been single-handedly managing Solaris. In April she announced she is willing to sell the company.