RATP ORDERS SOLARIS URBINO 8.9 LE ELECTRIC
Solaris and the Paris based RATP signed a contract for the supply of the electric bus Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE electric. More important perhaps is that Solaris stated in the pressrelease that this "small" order can result in contract for a further dozen zero-emission Solaris buses with a value of €10 million.
The bus ordered by RATP is Solaris Urbino 8,9 LE electric. It will be equipped with a 160 kW central electric engine. The energy needed to drive it will be stored in 160 kWh Solaris High Energy batteries. A plug-in connection, through which the bus will connect to an external stationary charger will be used to top up the energy.
The Urbino 8,9 LE will be able to carry over 50 people. The bus will feature a 2 door layout. For passengers with limited mobility and those travelling with prams, the second door will be fitted with an electric ramp to facilitate boarding the bus. Air conditioning, passenger information system, video monitoring system as well as fire detection and extinguishing system are on board. Both inside and on the external anti-graffiti coating will be used, protecting against acts of vandalism.
The order realized by Solaris correspond with the long-term RATP policy for reducing air pollution and switching towards low-emission and zero-emission buses. Solaris buses are on the roads in France since 2003.