40 SOR trolleybus kits to be assembled by Brno carrier

A SOR TNS 12 trolleybus for Brno, visualization. Credit: DPMBA SOR TNS 12 trolleybus for Brno, visualization. Credit: DPMB

According to DPMB, the first two new cars could hit the streets of Brno at the turn of 2022 and 2023.

The Brno City Transport Company (DPMB) continues to renew its trolleybus fleet. Currently, it has ordered up to 40 new 12-meter cars for almost CZK 300 million (cca 12 million EUR) from SOR. This is a framework contract. The manufacturer will supply the carrier with components, and the trolleybuses will be assembled by the transport company’s employees.

The assembly of vehicles from the supplied kits is a unique approach in the Czech Republic, but it is not a novelty in Brno. For example, the company has assembled EVO2 trams, supplied disassembled by Krnovske opravny a strojirny. In the past, DPMB has also done this with the Mario trolleybus or the conversion of K2 trams to Vario.

The carrier will pay CZK 7.4 million (cca 300.000 EUR) for each SOR TNS 12 trolleybus. DPMB claims that inclusive of assembly costs, it will save CZK 2.5 million per vehicle compared to conventional purchase of assembled vehicles. The components for the first two cars will be delivered by SOR Libchavy within four months, with up to 38 more cars for purchase under the same conditions by 2025.

According to DPMB, the first two new cars could hit the streets of Brno at the turn of 2022 and 2023. Brno has the largest trolleybus operation in the Czech Republic. The network is almost 60 kilometers long, and DPMB operates 12 trolleybus lines.

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