FIRST SOLARIS ELECTRIC BUSES FOR FRANCE
By the end of this year, two Solaris Urbino 8,9 LE electric buses will arrive in the French city of Frontignon, on the south coast of the country. The emission free vehicles will use the traditional plug-in technology to charge their 160 kWh batteries. France will therefore become the eighth European country to use these products from Solaris.
The city transport operator, Thau Agglo, decided to purchase the buses after the positive tests of the 8,9 meter Solaris buses which took place in the city in the beginning of 2017. Both buses will be equipped with several comfort and safety enhancing features, such as air conditioning, ecological LED lightening and monitoring system. The total amount of battery buses contracted by Solaris, including the two for Frontignon, has risen to 116. That puts the Polish manufacturer in the European top, regarding the electric buses sales.
The environmentally friendly public transport was at the center of Solaris' interest since the very beginning of its operation. The company has invested heavily in the development of electromobility by introducing new and more ecologically-friendly technologies, from trolleybuses, hybrid buses, trams, to fully electric buses. The culmination of these efforts was the ‘Bus of the Year 2017’ title, won by the new Solaris Urbino 12 electric bus.