33 New Trolleybuses in Parma: e-Buses in 2024

Solaris delivered 8 of the 25 new trolleybuses in Parma on September 21. The city will receive its first batch of e-buses from Solaris in 2024.

Image of the New Trolleybuses in Parma.

Parma, a city known for its rich history, is now making strides towards a greener future.

On September 21, the city unveiled eight new trolleybuses, a collaboration between Solaris and Kiepe Electric. An additional 25 buses will hit the streets by the end of the year.

And that’s not all, Parma will receive its first-ever batch of electric buses courtesy of Solaris in 2024.

This fleet overhaul, led by TEP Parma, comes at a cost of EUR 5.2 million. The entire sum has been covered by the Ministry of the Environment’s National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Mobility.

Details of New Trolleybuses in Parma

Interior images of the New Trolleybuses in Parma delivered by Solaris

The new trolleybuses in Parma are Solaris Trollino 12 trolleybuses. They’re equipped with Kiepe Electric tech and stretch out to 12 meters.

These buses run entirely on electricity. Interestingly, the energy from the trolleybus network charges an on-board battery (using an LTO formula).

This nifty feature grants the trolleybus an emission-free range of nearly 45% of its journey.

Inside, these trolleybuses can comfortably accommodate up to 85 passengers, with 21 spots reserved for seated travelers.

There are designated spaces for passengers with reduced mobility and for those with prams. Plus, the absence of internal steps ensures a smooth and accessible ride for all.

Parma’s quest for greener passenger monility doesn’t stop here. Come 2024, Parma will introduce its first set of pure electric buses, in batches of 8, 2 and 9.

The city aims to cover most routes within the urban area will be served by either by electric vehicles or trolleybuses within the nest few years.


The exception is line 15, which already enjoys the service of an ultra-low emission ‘eco-smart’ bus.

These brand-new trolleybuses are already in action on lines 3 and 4, connecting the city’s east and west. This marks the completion of TEP’s ambitious trolleybus fleet renewal project, which set off in 2014.

In embracing these eco-friendly transit options, Parma is not only preserving its rich heritage but also paving the way for a cleaner, greener future for its citizens.

Parma Trolleybus Fact

Today, Parma proudly stands as the fifth-largest Italian city with an in terms of trolleybus fleet.

It follows in the footsteps of major cities like Milan, Naples, Bologna, and Rome.

Remarkably, this network, which first started operating on 25th October 1953, is set to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2023.

Even after seven decades, it remains a cornerstone of the city’s transportation system, showcasing Parma’s enduring commitment to sustainable mobility.

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