BERLIN ORDERS ARTICULATED ELECTRIC BUSES FROM SOLARIS
15 electric Solaris Urbino 18 buses will enlarge the fleet of Berlin’s public transport operator BVG. The first articulated electric vehicles in Germany’s capital city will join the fleet of 20 electric standard length vehicles which Berlin had ordered in the previous years. The total value of the contract, including charging infrastructure, amounts to 13,2 million Euro.
BVG, one of the largest public transport operators in Europe, ordered a total of 20 electric buses from Solaris between 2015 and 2018, all of a standard 12-meter length. At the end of the second quarter of 2020 they will be joined by 15 articulated Solaris Urbino 18 electric. Those will be the first articulated electric buses in the capital of Germany.
The energy charging will take place in selected places of the city through a inverted pantograph (lowered from the charging station to the roof of the vehicle) and on the depot, via a plug-in connection. The vehicles will be equipped with Solaris High Power batteries with a total capacity of 174 kWh. The drive unit will be made of an axle with integrated electric motors. The lighting of the bus both inside and outside will be LED and the heating electric, the air conditioning will be equipped with a heat pump.
Solaris has already supplied over 300 of its vehicles to Berlin since 2000, including 5 electric ones. Another 15 Solaris Urbino 12 electric will join the BVG fleet later this year. Solaris supplied almost 100 electric buses to its customers in Germany.