BRUSSELS GETS SOLARIS ARTICULATED ELECTRIC BUSES
Polish bus manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. has won a tender for the delivery of 25 new Urbino 18 electric buses to Brussels. It is the largest one-off zero emission buses order in the company’s history. The articulated new Urbino electric bus will arrive on the streets of the Belgian capital in the first half of 2019.
The contract is worth over EUR 21m. The order placed by the Belgian capital’s operator, STIB Brussels is the largest one-off order for electric buses produced in Bolechowo. The first buses will start carrying passengers in the beginning of 2019, the last deliveries are expected to take place in June, 2019.
In accordance with the signed agreement, Solaris Bus & Coach will deliver both zero-emission buses and the whole charging infrastructure in a cooperation with Schaltbau Refurbishment GmbH. This includes 2 depot chargers and 2 charging units located on the streets of the city and supplied by MV/LV transformer stations enabling regular charging while the buses are in operation on their regular routes. Additionally, the operator’s depot will be equipped with 24 pantograph stations, supplied by new MV/LV transformer station, which in turn will be used for overnight charging.
It is not the first order of the transport operator from Brussels – in August this year, Solaris Bus & Coach signed a frame agreement with STIB which includes the delivery of seven Urbino 8,9 LE electric buses with the possibility of extending the order with additional vehicles. The interest in ecological and innovative solutions in public transportation has now been confirmed by placing another order for a delivery of 25 buses, and the announcement that the entire Brussels bus fleet will be emission-free by 2030.