30 Dec 2018


Municipal transport operator MPK from Poznań and Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. have signed a contract for the delivery of 21 electric buses – 15 articulated ones and 6 standard length vehicles. Total contract value is over 70 million PLN (over 16 million EUR).

Poznań is the capital of the Greater Poland province. These electric buses are the first to enter the city. In doing so the city is following the trend of European cities switching to electromobility. Delivery is to be completed by the end of February 2020.

In the case of the 12-metre Urbinos, the batteries have a capacity of 116 kWh, for the articulated ones it will be 174 kWh. The electric buses will be suited for recharging by means of a roof-mounted pantograph and a classic plug-in device with sockets on both sides of the bus. Charged is possible at three sites: two pantograph charging stations of which one includes a plug-in charger, and another one at the bus terminal near the Osiedle Sobieski estate. The bus depot at Warszawska street will be equipped with an overnight plug-in recharging station with a capacity for over 20 electric buses.

With charging power of up to 560 kW charging will take only a few minutes. In order to reduce the energy usage of the bus, a photovoltaic cell system is mounted on the vehicle roof. The bus design will also feature eco-friendly LED lighting inside and outside of the vehicle and the buses have a bend lighting.

Passengers of the Poznań operator MPK will find onboard USB ports and stop buttons with markings in Braille. Safety in the Urbino will be ensured by a CCTV system. Another feature designed for MPK is a passenger counting system. For extreme cold, the electric heating system will be supported by an auxiliary heating.

The drive of the Urbino electric is based on a low-noise and efficient electric axle with two integrated engines.

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