RIGA EXPANDS LARGE SOLARIS ORDER WITH 88 URBINO 18
In 2013 Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. signed a framework agreement with public transport operator Rīgas Satiksme in Riga, the capitol of Latvia for delivery of 175 Solaris buses. So far, the producer has delivered 140 diesel engine vehicles to the operator. Under this framework agreement Solaris has now been awarded an order for delivery of the final 30 Solaris buses and also for an extra 53 articulated Urbino 18 buses.
The new contract will cover in total 88 buses, which means that Rīgas Satiksme has decided in favour of the optional right to increase its order from five years ago by 53 vehicles. Rīgas Satiksme has thus taken advantage of the option to increase the original order. The first ten buses are to roll out on Riga streets as soon as next year, whereas the remainder of the contract shall be carried out by the end of 2020. The total value of the order amounts to around EUR 35 million.
All of the commissioned buses shall be 18 metres long and will be powered by a 10.8 litre Euro 6 diesel engine with 250kW (337hp) and an automatic transmission. The Urbino 18 has a capacity of up to 150 passengers. In addition the delivery entails fitting the buses with an energy recuperation system, air conditioning system and a state-of-the-art surveillance system, consisting of 10 cameras placed outside and inside the bus. USB ports are fitted to recharge mobile devices; the ordered articulated Urbino 18 buses will be equipped with ITC systems that include 4 communication channels (GSM, WiFi, Tetra and GPRS). Among others the driver will be informed about the pressure and temperature in the tyres.
So far Solaris has delivered a total of 528 vehicles to Latvia, 455 of which have made their way to Riga. One of the orders currently implemented in that country involves the supply of 10 trolleybuses with batteries and an additional fuel cell, for driving beyond the traction line.
These are not the only orders carried out by Solaris in Baltic states. The producer is just about to complete the delivery of 150 buses with diesel engines to Vilnius. The supply of another 41 trolleybuses, to the capital of Lithuania, is currently under way. Moreover, the firm recently signed a contract for the delivery of 85 trolleybuses to Kaunas in 2019.