PC Transport Systems will present its unique developments at the international bus technology exhibition BW Expo-2022 — the electric bus 62181 General with combined charging and a restyled version of the trolleybus Admiral 6281.01 with extended autonomous travel.
It is worth noting that both models, which will make their debut in Moscow from November 29 to December 1, use aluminium: the electric bus has exterior and interior from this metal, while the trolleybus has interior details from it. According to the designers, the use of aluminium ensures a high level of vehicle fire safety and reduces the cost of vehicle bodywork repairs.
The electric bus 62181 General features the world’s first combined charge replenishment technology for traction batteries. Combined charging combines three types of replenishment: slow charging from the wall socket; dynamic charging from the current collectors and fast or ultra-fast charging via the current collectors. Support for a ‘trolleybus protocol’ for battery charging has allowed optimising the pantographs. The electric bus General provides rapid integration into the transport frame. It can be charged from trolleybus and tram infrastructure, 380- or 600-volt charging stations.
The electric bus is based on the restyled trolleybus model Admiral 6281.01 with extended autonomous travel, so it has modular solutions for energy storage systems, as well as unification with the trolleybus, which reduces maintenance costs at the operating organisation.
The restyled version of the Admiral trolleybus, on the other hand, has retained its striking, recognisable design, while the ergonomics of the interior and driver’s seat have been redesigned in the light of operating experience. The expressive lines of the cab and bodywork are accentuated by contour lighting. The trolleybus is designed to operate in a variety of climatic zones. Thanks to the use of modern components, the temperature range at which the trolleybus can operate is between +40 and -40 degrees Celsius. Depending on weather and road conditions, the autonomous driving range will be at least 20 km.
Connecting and disconnecting the trolleybus from the overhead line takes just seconds — thanks to the Russian boom-and-bust system. The driver’s involvement is no longer required for the installation of special overhead wires.
An ergonomically light interior, 100% low-floor design, 37 seats, additional lighting for spacious storage areas, three wide doorways, modern multimedia systems, USB ports for mobile gadgets, advanced climate control systems operating in automatic mode, and reduced sound and vibration levels will all ensure passenger comfort.
For the driver’s convenience, some of the function buttons have been moved from the dashboard to the multifunction steering wheel, making the vehicle much easier to drive. In addition, the PCT vehicles are equipped with an all-round vision system, enabling the driver to take full control of the traffic situation. The cabin is also fully under video surveillance.
‘The electric bus 62181 General and the model Admiral 6281.01 with EAT are in many ways a new word in Russian electric transport, and I am sure that they will be appreciated by experts and, in the near future, by passengers,’ Denis Frolov, Director for Development of Wheeled Vehicles at PC Transport Systems, comments.
PC Transport Systems is a Russian developer and manufacturer of innovative urban electric transport. Established in 2013, the company specialises in creating one-hundred-percent low-floor rolling stock. PC Transport Systems manufactures ten tram models, ranging in length from 17 to 35 metres, and four electric wheeled vehicles (two trolleybus models and two electric bus models). More than 700 tram cars and more than 300 trolleybuses built by PC Transport Systems are in effective operation in Russia. The company’s production sites in Tver, St. Petersburg and Engels produce up to 450 units of rolling stock annually.