LARGE E-BUS CONTRACT FROM MILAN FOR SOLARIS
The Milan operator ATM Milano awarded the tender for the supply of up to 250 electric buses to Solaris. The total value of the framework agreement may amount to up to 192 EUR million. The delivery of the first batch of 40 buses is to begin in June 2020. This order is part of the philosophy of Milan to fase out diesel buses by 2030.
The framework agreement for the supply of up to 250 electric buses in total for ATM Milano is one of the biggest contracts awarded to Solaris so far and the biggest commission for electric buses in Europe. Solaris there for can play a significant role in this e-mobility revolution in Milan. Thanks to this huge tender Solaris has strengthen its position as one of the top European e-bus producers.
The buses Milan has gone for, Urbino 12 electric, are a flagship product of the Polish manufacturer and won in 2017 the most prestigious award in the bus industry: “Bus of the Year 2017”.
The 12-metre Urbino electric will be equipped with batteries of the Solaris High Energy type with a total capacity of over 240 kWh. The electric power in those batteries will be recharged by means of an inverted pantograph and a classic plug-in device in the bus depot. The drive unit will consist of an electric axle with two integrated electric engines of 110 kW each.
The buses will be fitted with USB ports enabling the recharging of mobile devices, a passenger information system and a video surveillance system, which will increase both travel comfort and safety. Moreover, the driver will have screens displaying a view of the doors and the pantograph, and a rear-view reversing camera at his or her disposal. The bus has a capacity of up to 82 people, of whom 26 are seated. The vehicle will be adapted to the needs of persons with disabilities: a functional bay and 14 seats accessible from the low floor will facilitate the travel.
In Milan there already 150 Solaris buses, including 25 with an electric drive. So far, the Polish manufacturer has supplied over 40 battery buses for the Italian market.