17 Dec 2018


Josef Ettenhuber GmbH will be the first private bus company in Germany to carry passengers using electric buses. It has placed an order for three electric buses from Polish manufacturer Solaris. The three Solaris Urbino 12 electric, the "Bus of the Year 2017" awarded model, will go to Munich the capital of Bavaria.

After winning tenders for the delivery of electric buses to Berlin and Hamburg, Solaris signed a contract for the production of three Solaris Urbino 12 electric vehicles for Munich and the surrounding area. These are the first electrically powered buses purchased by a private bus company in Germany. Josef Ettenhuber founded his buscompany in 1969. It consists these days of a buscompany for public transport, coach division and a travel agency. Ettenhuber GmbH is also the first operator to purchase Solaris Urbino 12 vehicles in their latest instalment.

The vehicles will be equipped with 240 kWh Solaris High Energy batteries, which will be charged via a plug-in connection. The charger will be connected as usually to the socket mounted above the first right-hand wheel arch but also at special request of the German carrier, on the right-hand side, at the rear of the vehicle.

The new buses will feature a new design characterized by rounded windshield and a new front lighting system based entirely on LED technology. Instead of the previous 5 headlamps, all the lights (road, fog, indicator and parking) will be replaced with 3 reflectors only.

The buses will have 33 seats installed with 12 of them available from a low floor. The vehicles will accommodate up to 71 passengers and will have air conditioning, passenger information systems, USB sockets to charge mobile devices and WiFi. To increase passenger safety, the vehicles will be equipped with a collision prevention system - Mobileye - which warns the driver about unplanned and uncontrolled divergence from the drive lane with the use of visual and audible signals.

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