WARSAW GETS ITS FIRST ELECTRIC ARTICULATED SOLARIS BUSES
The Municipal Bus Company in Warsaw has just leased an 18-metre-long electric bus – the new Solaris Urbino 18 electric. It is the first vehicle of that kind in the capital and one of the first electric articulated buses in Europe.
The batteries in the articulated buses can be charged either by means of a plug-in connector or via a pantograph. The bus is extraordinarily quiet and does not emit any exhaust fumes. It has been equipped with air-conditioning, an electronic passenger information system, a monitoring system and fire prevention systems. The vehicle is fitted with two e-engines integrated into the drive axle, boasting a power of 120 kW each and high capacity batteries of the Solaris High Energy battery type, which allow for a travel distance of more than 200 kilometres per charge. The Municipal Bus Company has had multiple years of experience in operating electric buses. The first battery vehicles were already tested five years ago, and in 2015 the first batch was ordered counting ten electric buses. Currently, the Solaris Urbino 12 Electric buses provide services on line no. 222 which runs predominantly along the Royal Route. Until last July the vehicles were charged only by means of a plug-in connector, which allowed for a travel distance of around 130-150 kilometres. At present, after putting into operation the street charging station at the Spartańska bus terminal, the vehicles can recharge their batteries by pantograph and thus cover much longer distances. Two years of operating the buses has shown, that they are very energy-efficient; the cost of fuel is multiple times lower in comparison to the cost of diesel engines and they work splendidly in winter.In spring of 2018, another batch of electric buses will arrive in Warsaw. Those will be ten Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses of the fourth generation which will be put to use on the Royal Route.