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First Viseon Trolleybus with VIP facilities
08.12.2011 - 01:00

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First Viseon Trolleybus with VIP facilities
  • Exclusive model for Saudi royal family
  • Shipping of twelve Viseon LT20s has begun
  • Future-oriented vehicles for King Saud University in Riyadh


The world´s first articulated trolley bus with exclusive VIP facilities is about to leave the Viseon plant in Pilsting, Lower Bavaria. The articulated bus with real wood floor, leather covered ceiling and comfortable leather seats is part of an order from the King Saud University, Riyadh for twelve trolley buses of the type Viseon LT20. In future, the electrically operated trolley buses in up-to-date Viseon design will provide the newly-erected King Saud University, Riyadh with a locally emission-free and extremely quiet passenger transit system. In the record time of only 18 months, Viseon has carried out the entire project from the first model, to the prototype and the final assembly of the complete fleet. The LT20 had been publicly presented for the first time in June this year.

“VISON has not only demonstrated that it can innovate at tremendous speed with its new models and developments. The dispatch of the twelve trolley buses to Saudi Arabia right now, proves that we are also able to carry out demanding projects efficiently and to the full satisfaction of the customer.” explained Viseon managing director Joachim Reinmuth.


The trolley buses Viseon LT developed by Viseon are already setting new standards in public transportation through their extraordinarily dynamic design, which has been completed by drive technology optimised for electrical operations and the length of 19.50 metres. The cherry on top of the cake is, however, an articulated bus equipped with VIP facilities, which will transport future members of the Saudi royal family and prominent guests around the university campus. For the first time, the Viseon Customizing Team of Alexandru Vagner and trolley bus project leader Thomas Krauss have refined an articulated trolley bus with high-value materials and interiors into a luxury class vehicle.


Stepping through one of the two rear doors leads you into a world you are not accustomed to. Instead of the functional ambience of a public transit bus, the passenger is greeted by an atmosphere which makes you feel at home. The dark real wood floor made of fine smoked oak with fine aluminium streaks provides a comfortable living room feeling, as does the wheel housing superstructure composed of root wood, railings and decoration made from stainless steel, or the 17 deep upholstered leather seats from Kiel. And even the ceiling has been refined by the construction specialists from Viseon; it is sumptuously covered with fine, hand-sewn leather.

A small kitchen with a fridge and five flat-screen monitors with a 55 centimetre (21.5 inch) screen size, which will be served by a multi-media system, complete the list of amenities that this exclusive Viseon trolley bus offers its guests. A glass wall that covers the entire width of the bus divides the driver´s workplace from the passenger area. The reconstruction and embellishment of the passenger area was executed with renowned artisan quality and carried out in collaboration with experienced craft enterprises from the Pilsting area.

Like all of the other eleven vehicles in this order, the VIP bus also provides a recently developed ventilation concept with a highly efficient air conditioning system, which has a total 66 kilowatt cooling power for the passenger space alone. The driver has access to a separate air conditioning system with seven kilowatt cooling capacity. Another special feature of the vehicles for Saudi Arabia is constituted by a curtain of air descending onto the doors, which prevents the influx of hot air from outside when the door is open; this is similar to what you would find at entrances to climatised department stores.


In the coming weeks, Viseon will dispatch the twelve trolley buses for the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. From the loading terminal located in Landshut, which is near to Pilsting, they will be transported by rail to Bremerhaven. Here the loading of the vehicles onto the ship to Dschidda in Saudi Arabia will be completed and from there they will be transported on low-bed trailers approximately 1000 kilometres by road to Riyadh. Although construction work is still being carried out on the university campus, test runs can be carried out with trolley buses on the five kilometre long section of the future route on the university campus. By the time of the inauguration in February, the construction of the entire eleven kilometre long wire network will have been completed and all twelve Viseon trolley buses will be in operation.


Photos and text:
VISEON Bus GmbH


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