BUSWORLD SCOOP AT SOLARIS
Last year at the IAA in Hannover, Solaris received the Bus of the Year 2017 award for its Solaris New Urbino 12 Electric. Now, one year later, the Polish bus manufacturer’s portfolio is steadily growing: a 400-million-euro turnover; 2,500 employees and a production of 1,400 vehicles a year.
Keep in mind that the company is only twenty years old! This Busworld, they are showing a 10.5m Urbino for the very first time. If you like, it can be equipped with a Cummins ISB6.7E6C (209 hp) engine or a DAF MX11.
The Solaris stand obviously also features their new Urbino 18 Electric. An articulated electric city bus of eighteen meters, zero emission. The new Urbino 18 Electric has ZF drive shafts with wheel hub motors. Power comes from a 240 kWh Solaris High Power battery. Charging the battery can be done via a plug or a pantograph mounted on the roof. By spreading the weight of the batteries and electric installations over the bus as well as possible, Solaris managed to create capacity for 135 passengers. The 240 kW is the heaviest battery that Solaris has in store. Furthermore, Solaris shows an Urbino 12 hybrid (BAE systems) in the colours of the Belgian TEC, which has ordered 208 of those. A novelty is that this hybrid version can also be equipped with a diesel start-stop function. With a GPS, the Solaris even knows when it is approaching a stop or traffic light and the engine is turned off prematurely which makes it even more environmentally friendly and economical. Solaris claims that the difference may add up to twenty percent.