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TROLLEY – a week full of events in Leipzig

TROLLEY held a series of events during the week from 22 to 26 October 2012 in Leipzig. It started with the 2nd TROLLEY City-Industry-Summit on “new trolleybus designs & innovative trolleybus marketing”, which took place on 22 October 2012 in Leipzig in the framework of the new mobility/ euregia fair 2012. The topics of the presentations ranged from the importance of new bus designs for trolleybus promotion to the potential of social media applications for trolleybus marketing and the relevance of strategic marketing and communication activities for the introduction of new trolleybus systems, using the example of the City of Leeds in the UK. All presentations can be downloaded here.

The event series continued with the 3rd International Trolleybus Conference “New horizons for urban traffic”, organised by the TROLLEY partner trolley:motion, and the TROLLEY Transferability Conference on 23 and 24 October 2012. After the Swiss cities Zürich and Luzern, the TROLLEY partner city Leipzig was selected as the host city for this international gathering of the trolleybus community. The aim was to showcase the trolleybus as a smart, innovative and sustainable transport mode, as in particular in Germany the trolleybus is often not considered as a future-looking transport mode. In the TROLLEY partner city Leipzig, the re-introduction of trolleybuses has been considered for the past three years. With the recently launched hybrid buses, an important first step was made in the transition to sustainable electric solutions for road-based public transport in Leipzig.

The conference highlighted existing systems worldwide and in Germany as well as introduction plans for the cities of Montreal, Canada, and Leeds, UK, and newest developments from the ebus industry. The TROLLEY project presented its results from local pilot studies and investments in the TROLLEY partner cities. About 150 people listened to the presentations about future innovative electric bus transportation solutions and the development of interconnected infrastructure for cities and entire regions. All presentations of the TROLLEY Transferability Conference can be downloaded from the event section of TROLLEY’s website. The presentations of the 3rd International Trolleybus Conference can be downloaded from the trolley:motion website.

Last but not least, the TROLLEY Summer University “ebus - the smart way!” took place in Leipzig from 23 to 26 October. During the Summer University, young researchers and professionals presented their research results and TROLLEY partners showed their project results. The Summer University offered these young researchers and professionals the possibility of discussing research and project results in the field of electric bus systems in an international environment. The TROLLEY Summer University started with the 3rd International Trolleybus Conference and the TROLLEY Transferability Conference in Leipzig, giving comprehensive input to all participants for further discussions in a more informal atmosphere. Please find all presentations of the Summer University here. Furthermore, video recordings of the sessions on energy storage systems and diesel bus to trolleybus conversion can be seen here as well.