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Bus, News, Lantal Corporate, 11. May 2017

Lantal seat covers in the SwissTrolley plus

In collaboration with bus maker HESS AG and two Swiss universities, Zürich's VBZ mass transit authority is testing a new environmentally friendly trolleybus with battery technology. Lantal Textiles Ltd is involved in this innovative project and has provided ecological seat cover fabrics for the vehicle.

The project was launched in 2015 by VBZ, bus manufacturer HESS AG, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, and the University of Applied Sciences in Bern. The "SwissTrolley plus" is also supported by the Federal Office for Energy. The innovative bus is part of the Energy Strategy 2050 of the federal government that intends to discontinue nuclear power plants and reduce energy consumption. Since early 2017, the "SwissTrolley plus" has been undergoing tests on various road routes served by VBZ and will be subject to further optimization in the course of the next two years.

The bus combines proven overhead wire power systems with latest-generation battery technology. Its high-performance traction battery enables off-wire trips and re-generative braking can save up to 15 percent energy, which industry experts consider to be very high. On route segments with overhead wires, the bus can recharge its battery and then run off-wire on others. This allows the more cost-effective, reliable, and flexible operation of trolleybus lines.

For this innovative project, Lantal Textiles Ltd was given the opportunity to contribute its environmentally sound Climatex Dualcycle™ flat weave. This innovative seat cover fabric is composed of renewable constituents: farm wool, white beech cellulose, and the recyclabable Cradura fiber. The nonwoven material consists of 100% recycled PET. The novel seat cover fabric assures comfortable seating and has an excellent service life. Thanks to a special weave, Climatex Dualcycle™ is superbly breathable, which keeps the seat surfaces dry even after extended seating phases.