RATP EXECUTES FIRST PART OF SOLARIS ORDER FOR 18 ARTICULATED BUSES
In March 2016 French operator RATP and Polish busbuilder Solaris signed a framework agreement to deliver 48 buses over a certain period of time. The contract has a value of 20 million Euro.
Now RATP has ordered the first part of this contract covering 18 Solaris Urbino 18 CNG buses.
The 18 Solaris Urbino 18 CNG buses will arrive in the French capital at the turn of May and June 2019. The value of this part of the contract, constituting the first tranche of the contract, is nearly 8 million Euro. Among other things, thanks to the implementation of this contract, the total number of vehicles powered with compressed natural gas in the RATP fleet is to amount to 20%.
The articulated Solaris buses will be driven by engines dedicated to work with CNG fuel and automatic gearboxes equipped with the Eco program. This configuration of the propulsion unit will allow to obtain significant ecological benefits by significantly reducing the emission of harmful exhaust gases into the atmosphere. The engine compartment and the engine tower will be additionally sound isolated to increase the comfort of passengers and also to reduce the noise emitted by the vehicle to the outside.
Five compressed natural gas storage cylinders, with a capacity of 340 liters each, are placed on the roof in the front of the vehicle. It allows to drive about 400 km on one fueling.
The articulated Urbino buses will be equipped with air conditioning, an extended version of the fire extinguishing system and transparent elements illuminating the interior of the vehicle. At the customer's individual request, an anti-attack, closed driver's cabin will also be installed. There will furthermore be an extensive monitoring system consisting of 8 cameras and a 10.4-inch monitor of the door monitoring system and a preview of the zone behind the vehicle. The RATP’s Solaris Urbino 18 CNG will offer four pairs of double doors installed in the 2+2+2+2 system. Each of them will have passenger counting gates installed. The bus will accommodate 101 people, including 36 seated. For people with reduced mobility, there will be a kneeling function of the vehicle at the bus stop and an electronic ramp to facilitate the entry of a wheelchair or a stroller.