PARIS STARTS TESTING SOLARIS NEW-GENERATION ELECTRIC BUS
Paris City Transporter RATP recently presented the new Solaris Urbino 12 electric bus, which will be tested b the company. Right after the official event, the quiet and clean Solaris battery bus left to start its tests drives in regular passenger service. The vehicle will be used by RATP for two months. The project is closely linked to RATP’s project to make its whole fleet emission-free by 2025.
The agreement between Solaris and RATP stipulates that the new Urbino 12 electric will be tested in regular passenger’s service on lines 21 and 147 in the French metropolis. The Parisian operator’s objective, supported by Greater Paris transport authority STIF, is to give up traditionally diesel powered engines and make the whole city fleet zero-emission by 2025. The new Solaris Urbino electric bus is an
interesting proposal for RATP and may be helpful in achieving this goal.
The Solaris electric bus that has arrived in Paris is based on the new Urbino construction which celebrated its world premiere in Hannover at IAA exhibition in September 2014. It is a completely new engineering design. Despite being lighter, it is more robust while being made from the same noncorrosive materials as before. The vehicle will be equipped with a 240 kWh battery and a plug-in charging system. Solaris in co-operation with Ekoenergetyka will provide the operator with external
charging station with a power of 80 kW.
A further innovative solution is the use of the newest ZF AVE 130 drive axle, in which two independent electric motors are mounted close to the wheels. It brings down the overall weight even further and at the same time increases the space inside the bus that can be configured freely. Along with the Medcom traction equipment, the axle ensures an exquisitely quiet drive as well as smooth acceleration and braking.
There are 30 seats in the bus, including 16 pedestal-free seats. Energy-efficient LED lighting is used both inside the bus as well as for all exterior lamps. Drivers can find an ergonomic cab, with a higher seating position that improves interaction with boarding passengers. Excellent visibility is ensured by screen, which is much bigger in comparison to previous Urbinos. The drivers’ cab is more
ergonomic thanks to the modern, intuitive touch-screen dashboard, now available across Solaris’s range of buses and trams.