Buses manufacturer HESS AG, Bellach Switserland

Hess (Carrosserie) logo

Carrosserie Hess AG is a bustrolleybus and commercial vehicle manufacturer based in Bellach (near Solothurn), Switzerland. Its products can be found operating in several countries, including the Netherlands, the United States and Canada.

History

HESS geschichte

The company was founded in 1882, when Heinrich Hess set up business in Solothurn to build customised car bodies. The company first began building buses in 1919, and production reverted to aluminiumproducts in 1933. It produced its first trolleybuses in 1940 for the Swiss cities of Basel and Biel/Bienne. In 1961, it commenced building of articulated vehicles, some of which were supplied to operators in the United States and Canada in 1975. The company soon began to expand, and businesses were set up in Portugal and Australia in 1957 and 1978. respectively. The U.S. business was set up in 1996. The company began production of low-floor buses and trolleybuses in 1991, and in 2003 built its first double-articulated trolleybuses.

Products

Buses

  • N UB 2-2: A low-floor, two-door bus with 10m, 11.3m and 12m variants, which can accommodate approximately 82, 86 and 95 passengers, respectively.
  • N UB 2-2-1: Identical to the N UB 2-2 with the addition of an extra door at the rear of the vehicle.
  • N UA 2-2-2-2: A low-floor, 18m four-door articulated bus, which has a capacity of around 150 passengers.
  • Hess LighTram : A 24.69m bi-articulated bus with a duraluminium body. Hybrid version available.

Trolleybuses

Afbeelding

Hess Swisstrolley 3 of an old design in Lucerne(luzern)

  • Eurotrolley 3: A 9.7m long half-low-floor trolleybus with a capacity of approximately 80 passengers. Built for Lyon with Kiepe electrical equipment and a Skoda traction motor.
  • Swisstrolley 3: An 18m long articulated trolleybus which can accommodate not less than 140 passengers. It and LighTram have a duraluminium body.
  • LighTram 3: A 24.7m long double-articulated trolleybus with a capacity of around 192 passengers.
  • Trolleyzug: A 23.3m long trolleybus and trailer with a capacity of around 180 passengers.

Bus kits

As well as building complete vehicles, Hess also manufactures bus kits for its worldwide customers. These kits are imported and then assembled on reaching their destination.

Minibuses

Hess also builds smaller buses, mainly for the transportation of school children and persons with disabilities.

Commercial vehicles

Hess builds vehicles designed for commercial purposes, such as vans, some of which are fitted with tipper equipment, loading ramps and trailers.

1925 FBW-Seitz-Hess Zwitserland

1925 FBW-Seitz-Hess Zwitserland

1947 fbw hess

1937 fbw hess

1940 VB Biel Nr. 21 Berna Hess Trolleybus

1940 VB Biel Nr. 21 Berna Hess Trolleybus

1948 TL605 FBW HESS

1948 TL605 FBW HESS

1950 Saurer Hess Typ 4ZP54L CT1DL Nr. 16. BVB Wagen Nr. 16

1950 Saurer Hess Typ 4ZP54L CT1DL BVB Wagen Nr. 16

1952 Amsteg UR 9031 Berna Hess (ex M+3143)

1952 Amsteg UR 9031 Berna Hess (ex M+3143)

1952 Autobus Nr. 5 Berna Hess 4UPO-463-H2 (Achtzylindermotor)

1952 Autobus Nr. 5 Berna Hess 4UPO-463-H2 (Achtzylindermotor)

1953 Berna Hess (ex AGO Olten Nr. 5)

1953 Berna Hess (ex AGO Olten Nr. 5)

1953 Berna-Hess (ex AGO Olten Nr. 5) CH

1953 Berna Hess (ex AGO Olten Nr. 5)

1953 Berna-Hess (ex AGO Olten Nr. 5) CH 1954 Berna Hess (ex Barenco, Faido)

1954 Berna Hess (ex Barenco, Faido)

1955 Berna Hess (ex SOO Olten Nr. 8)

1955 Berna Hess (ex SOO Olten Nr. 8)

1955 FBW Hess Bus BVB 8

1955 FBW Hess Bus BVB 8

1956 Berna-Hess 4UPO-458-T1 (Sechszylindermotor) Zwitserland

1956 Berna-Hess 4UPO-458-T1 (Sechszylindermotor) Zwitserland

1957 Ex Zürich FBW HESS Trolleybus – P Kamm

1957 Ex Zürich FBW HESS Trolleybus © P Kamm

1958 Hess Trolleybus Verein Schweiz

1958 Hess Trolleybus Verein Schweiz

1959 SOO Olten Nr. 17 Berna Hess

1959 SOO Olten Nr. 17 Berna Hess

1960 Berna Hess L4 bus

1960 Berna Hess L4 bus

1962 fbw-hess trolley

1962 fbw-hess trolley

1964 FBW Hess Trolleybus

1964 FBW Hess Trolleybus

1966 FBW Hess C50U index

1966 FBW Hess C50U index

1966 Saurer Hess Tb 40city267

1966 Saurer Hess Tb 40city267

1966 two Eastbourne Fords R buses with NZMB bodies Hess

1966 two Eastbourne Fords R buses with NZMB bodies Hess NZ

1967 Berna Carrosserie Hess Bus Ad Switzerland

1967 Berna Carrosserie Hess Bus Ad Switzerland

1969 Basel FBW-Hess No.62

1969 Basel FBW-Hess No.62

1970 FBW Hess Lugano

1970 FBW Hess Lugano

1974 Volvo B 58 Hess

1974 Volvo B 58 Hess

1975 Volvo B58H Artic Hess 7168

1975 Volvo B58H Artic Hess 7168

Trolebús FBW-Hess-SAAS UST de 1975

Trolebús FBW-Hess-SAAS UST de 1975

1976 12m I suburbain Volvo B10m Hess

1976 12m I suburbain Volvo B10m Hess

1976 Saurer -Hess Bus Geneve

1976 Saurer -Hess Bus Geneve © J Veerkamp

1976 Volvo Hess demonstrator

1976 Volvo Hess demonstrator

1978 Ford R1114 with NZMB-Hess body originally with Eastbourne Bus Co

1978 Ford R1114 with NZMB-Hess body originally with Eastbourne Bus Co

1978 Saurer Hess

1978 Saurer Hess

1978 Trolley bus Volvo-Hess-SSW - Siemens electric

1978 Trolley bus Volvo-Hess-SSW – Siemens electric © Bill MacDONALD

1979 Berna Hess SH550 D2KUT Nr. 70

1979 Berna Hess SH550 D2KUT Nr. 70

SONY DSC

1979 Bristol Hess Bus

1981 FBW  Hess BBC-Sécheron

1981 FBW  Hess BBC-Sécheron

1981 Hess Volvo grenda25

1981 Hess Volvo grenda 25

1982 Hess Trolley bus towing trailer

1982 Hess Trolley bus towing trailer

1984 Hess AG. LMC-D60

1984 Hess AG. LMC-D60 Flugzeugbus-Airportshuttle

1985 Berna Hess SH (ex OAK Wangen a.A. Nr. 10)

1985 Berna Hess SH (ex OAK Wangen a.A. Nr. 10)

1987 Hess Mercedes Litouwen

1986 Hess Mercedes-Benz Litouwen

1986 Friburg Saurer Hess T.Bus 33 Route 1 at Les Perolles

1986 Friburg Saurer Hess T.Bus 33 Route 1 at Les Perolles

1986 Hess Kiepe Valparaiso 814 Chile

1986 Hess Kiepe Valparaiso 814 Chile © Jeff Wien

1986 saurer hess

1986 saurer hess

1987 Nine articulated Sauer Hess trolleybuses from St. Gallen Plovdiv-269

1987 Nine articulated Sauer Hess trolleybuses from St. Gallen Plovdiv-269

1988 Saurer  Hess GT 560

1988 Saurer  Hess GT 560

1992 Volvo Hess AG 92 USA Ovidius

1992 Volvo Hess AG 92 USA Ovidius

1992 Volvo Hess AG 92 USA

1992 Volvo Hess AG 92 USA Ovidius

1997 Volvo-Hess Zwitserland

1997 Volvo-Hess Zwitserland

1998 BOGG MB Hess O405 Nr79 Front

1998 BOGG MB Hess O405 Nr79 Front

1998 Hess 220 City Scania Estland

1998 Hess 220 City Scania Estland

1998 HESS VAN HOOL Trolley Arnhem ScanImage001

1998 HESS VAN HOOL Trolley Arnhem

1998 Schaffhausen NAW Hess BGT 5-25

1998 Schaffhausen NAW Hess BGT 5-25

1999 Hess 220 City Estland

1999 Hess 220 City Estland

2000 Two Saurer Hess trolleybuses St Gallen 1

2000 Two Saurer Hess trolleybuses St Gallen 1

2001 Hess 220 City  Scania Estland

2001 Hess 220 City  Scania Estland

2001 Hess system co-bolt 4

2001 Hess system co-bolt 4 Hybrid USA

2001 Hess system co-bolt 5

2001 Hess system co-bolt 5 UK

2001 Hess Trolleybus de Berne

2001 Hess Trolleybus te Bern

2001 Hess Trolleybuses in St. Gallen

2001 Hess Trolleybuses in St. Gallen

2004 BBA 167 Scania  Hess Aarau

2004 BBA 167 Scania  Hess Aarau

2004 HESS bus trains 2

2004 HESS bus trains 2

2004 Hess Regiobus LE13 Postbus

2004 Hess Regiobus LE13 Postbus

2004 MERCEDES BENZ 416 CDI Sprinter + Anhänger Hess minibus

2004 MERCEDES BENZ 416 CDI Sprinter + Anhänger Hess minibus

2005 Hess BGGT-N2C Zwitserland

2005 Hess BGGT-N2C Zwitserland

2005 Hess system co-bolt 3

2005 Volvo Hess system co-bolt 3

2005 Hess Trolleybus for Zurich The website, Obus 269

2005 Hess Trolleybus for Zurich The website, Obus 269

2006 Hess BGT-N2 Zwitserland

2006 Hess BGT-N2 Zwitserland

2006 Hess Swisstrolley 3 of an old design in Lucerne

2006 Hess Swisstrolley 3 of an old design in Luzern

2006 Hess system co-bolt 6

2006 Hess system co-bolt 6

2006 HESS Trolley 4delig Luzern

2006 HESS Trolley 4delig Luzern

2006 Hess Trolley derde gen

2006 Hess Trolley derde gen

Saurer-Hess + Draize-Hess Anhänger TN Neuchâtel

Saurer-Hess + Draize-Hess Anhänger TN Neuchâtel

2006 NAW-Hess BGT25 425

2006 NAW-Hess BGT25 425

2006 NAW-Hess LightTram 94

2006 NAW-Hess LightTram 94

2006 NAW-Hess SwissTrolley

2006 NAW-Hess SwissTrolley

2007 Hess (2007) Litouwen

2007 Hess (2007) Litouwen

2007 Hess system co-bolt 2

2007 Hess system co-bolt 2 USA

2008 Hess system co-bolt 8

2008 Hess system co-bolt 8

2008 Hess-Mercedes Citaro Nr.2 ZG 3352

2008 Hess-Mercedes Citaro Nr.2 ZG 3352

2009 HESS bus trains 3

2009 HESS bus trains 3

2009 Hess Scania system co-bolt 7

2009 Hess Scania system co-bolt 7

2009 HESS swisstrolley wint Zurich

2009 HESS swisstrolley wint Zurich

2009 HESS-VW Kleinbus für die Postauto AG Brig

2009 HESS-VW Kleinbus für die Postauto AG Brig

1989 Scania Hess 9,7 m - 10,9 m

2009 Scania Hess 9,7 m – 10,9 m

2009 Scania-Hess mit anhanger, PT 12565 postbus-12949

2009 Scania-Hess mit anhanger, PT 12565 postbus-12949

2010 Articulated Carrosserie Hess lighTram 3 in Zurich

2010 Articulated Carrosserie Hess lighTram 3 in Zurich

2010 HESS (AKIA) hybrid metro busses in state of assembly Iran

2010 HESS (AKIA) hybrid metro busses in state of assembly Iran

2010 HESS bus trains

2010 HESS bus trains

2010 Hess Swisstrolleye

2010 Hess Swisstrolley

2010 Hess Zwitserland

2010 Hess Zwitserland

2011 Hess Hybrid 1323898180-Hagen800

2011 Hess Hybrid

2011 HESS Zwitserland

2011 HESS Zwitserland

2012 HESS delivers 11 BusTrains (BusZug) to the city of Zug

2012 HESS delivers 11 BusTrains (BusZug) to the city of Zug

2012 Hess Lightram UK

2012 Hess Lightram UK

2012 HESS presented TOSA

2012 HESS presented TOSA

2012 HESS Supertrolley

2012 HESS Supertrolley

2012 HESS sve-bus

2012 HESS sve-bus

2012 Hess Swisstrolley 3 of an old design in Lucerne

2012 Hess Swisstrolley 3 of an old design in Luzern

2012 nieuwe hess trolleybussen voor arnhem

New Hess Trolleys for Arnhem in the Netherlands

2012 Volvo Hess Kiepe BGT-N2C #210

2012 Volvo Hess Kiepe BGT-N2C #210

2013 A 25m bi-articulated Zurich Hess 'Lightram' trolleybus

2013 A 25m bi-articulated Zurich Hess ‘Lightram’ trolleybus

2013 BRENG TROLLEY HESS ARNHEM

2013 BRENG TROLLEY HESS ARNHEM NL

2013 Hess Hamburg Germany 2 lighTrams Hybrid

2013 Hess Hamburg Germany 2 lighTrams Hybrid

2013 Hess system co-bolt

2013 Hess system co-bolt COBUS Fluhafenbus

2013 HESS Trolley Arnhem richting Duifje 2013

2013 HESS Trolley Arnhem richting Duifje 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

2013 hess trolley busstation Arnhem NL

2013 Swiss Trolleybus Arnhem NAW Hess ABB BGT-N (type 1), BGT-N2 (type 2), Hess-Vossloh Kiepe BGT-N2C (02268) (type 3

2013 Swiss Trolleybus Arnhem NAW Hess ABB BGT-N (type 1), BGT-N2 (type 2),

Hess-Vossloh Kiepe BGT-N2C (02268) (type 3) NL

2013 Luzern 272u Designbild HESS a

2013 Luzern 272u Designbild HESS

2013 Van Hool and Hess as well as pure battery buses from Contrac, Rampini und SOR. Parma's first 'ebus' UK

2013 Van Hool and Hess as well as pure battery buses from Contrac, Rampini und SOR.

Parma’s first ‘ebus’ UK.

Hess (Carrosserie) logo

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