SOLARIS TO DELIVER FIVE ELECTRIC URBINO BUSES TO LUXEMBOURG
After having a year ago bought one Solaris Urbino 12 with a diesel engine, the Luxembourg operator Sales Lentz ordered now five electric Urbino's. Two of them in a twelve meter version and three as an articulated 18 metre bus.
Sales Lentz will put the buses in operation in Bascharage, a town in the south of Luxembourg. Solaris will deliver two 12-metre buses in March 2019, and another three articulated buses of 18 metres in June. All five buses will be manufactured at the Bolechowo plant of Solaris, nearby Poznan.
In March 2017, the Solaris Urbino 12 electric was tested by Sales Lentz on two lines in Bascharage and the company is currently also testing the articulated Urbino 18 electric. The test was completed successfully which made Sales Lentz order five of the electric Urbino's. Sales Lentz is one of the biggest, privately-owned public transport operators in Luxembourg.
The three articulated electric buses are propelled by a central traction engine with a power of 240 kW. The energy storage system consists of batteries of the Solaris High Energy type of 240 kWh. The vehicles can be charged either by means of a plug-in connector or via a roof-mounted pantograph. The 2+2+2+0 door arrangement allows 43 seats, of which 16 are accessible from the low floor.
The 12 metre zero-emission Solaris buses will be energized via an electric portal axle with integrated electric motors with a power of 2x125 kWh. The energy storage unit will be the same as in the articulated buses. The charging options for this bus are similar to those used in the articulated version of the vehicle, as it will be possible to recharge via a plug-in connector or a pantograph. The 2+2+0 door arrangement gives room for 38 seats.
The buses will be equipped with air-conditioning, passenger information system, a video surveillance system, energy-efficient LED lighting and passenger seats fitted with individual safety belts.