The Dnipro-based Pivdennyi machine-building plant (Pivdenmash), an aerospace manufacturer that also manufactures trolleybuses, will supply 11 trolleybuses to the Moldovan city of Balti (Moldova), the CFTS portal reports, citing the Balti independent portal.

The Balti municipality’s Deputy Mayor Nikolai Grigorishin said at a meeting of representatives of Moldovan public utilities that the city would receive 11 trolleybuses.

The city’s tender for supply of trolleybuses capable of operating autonomously was won by JSC Litan, which is a general dealer for Pivdenmash.

According to the director of the city’s trolleybus administration, Sergei Avramenko, the new trolleybuses will be able to run autonomously without being connected to overhead lines.

The trolleybus administration obtained a loan of EUR 2.5 million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and a grant of EUR 1.2 million from the European Union.

The trolleybuses purchased with these funds will be operated on the streets where there are no overhead trolleybus lines.

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, Pivdenmash, the Caris company (South Korea), and Ukraine’s State Space Agency have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on production of 5,000 electric buses and 7,800 charging stations. The agreement provides for signing of contracts worth UAH 23 billion and production of the buses and charging stations by 2023.