St.Petersburg routes are open for all modes of electromobility

St. Petersburg became an unique city that is developing all kinds of electric buses: trolleybuses with autonomous run and electric buses. It seems that due to the fact that the second Russian capital has two main ground transport operators: GORELECTROTRANS  - operator of electric transport, i.e. trams and trolleybuses, and PASSAZHIRAVTOTRANS - bus operator, both modes has got a chance to gain their place on the streets.

Routes of electric buses with dynamic charging (or trolleybuses with autonomous run) were launched in St. Petersburg at the end of 2017. In 2017-2018, the company got 115 electric bus with dynamic recharging. 


Since then their presence in city mobility grew.  It was reported that during the first two months of 2019 electric buses with dynamic charging carried more than 3 million passengers.  


In 2019 GORELECTROTRANS noted the of trolleybus traffic growth. For the first two months, trolleybuses carried 23.5 million passengers, which is 900 thousand more than in the same period of 2018. A significant increase is explained by implementation of new mode of transport – electric buses with dynamic charging (trolleybuses with increased autonomous run). The calculations are showing positive dynamics on all routes compared to the previous year. 


A significant advantage of the city is the presence of developed trolleybus infrastructure. In less than a year, the city has formed Russia's largest route network of innovative trolleybuses, which covers all parts of the city.  In regular mode, the autonomous course is used for the extension of trolleybus lines in the far districts. In one more case, it is  used for inter-district communications: in the middle of the route. In the city centre, the new technology allowed the "clean" from the contact network the famous Kazan Cathedral, to straighten the route and to speed movement to avoid a detour of a narrow lane. In addition, in 2018, temporary routes were used during the repair works.

On March 19, PASSAZHIRAVTOTRANS reported about the start of electric buses' operation on the first city route.  A batch of 10 electric buses  arrived at the end of 2018. and afte operational tests the passanger traffic started. The electric buses were produces by VOLGABUS company.
Electric buses have a run reserve of 240 km what is unique in Russia.  The total capacity of the car is 75 passengers, transport is fully adapted for people with limited mobility. 
The charging is carried out at nigh during 4-5 hours  in the depot, located in the Primorsky district. The capacity of the charging station is 2 mW. Electric buses with night charging are completely independent of the contact network. Their implementation does not require the creation of expensive infrastructure on the route. Among their other advantages are their quietness and simple construction, which simplifies maintenance.
At the end of May UITP Trolleybus Committee is panning to have it's 30st meeting in St.Peterburg.