ELECTRIC BUSES CONQUERING EUROPE: 100TH CONTRACT FOR SOLARIS
Last week Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. signed its 100’th contract for the delivery of e-buses in Europe. The Polish transport operator Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacji Miejskiej (PKM) in Katowice including the delivery of five Solaris Urbino 12 electric electrobuses. This contract is also the jubilee, 100th one for the supply of battery vehicles from the manufacturer from Bolechowo.
The electric buses ordered are not the first vehicles of this type in Katowice. At the beginning of this year, Solaris supplied five articulated Urbino 18 electric to PKM. Earlier, two Urbino 8.9 LE electric blood collection buses ordered by the Regional Blood Donation and Blood Treatment Center arrived in Katowice. The five new buses have to be delivered to the customer within 350 days from the date of its signing, and the total value of the contract exceeded PLN 15 million.
The electric buses for Katowice will be driven by a centrally mounted 160 kW traction motor. A set of Solaris High Energy batteries with a total capacity of 250 kWh will be responsible for storing energy. Charging of the batteries will take place via a plug-in connector and the so-called inverted pantograph - there will be power collectors installed on the roof of vehicles, to which the pantograph, permanently mounted on the mast of the stationary charger, will be lowered to initiate the energy replenishment process.
The buses will provide a journey for at least 80 passengers at one time, 26 of them seated. The 2+2+2 door layout will ensure an effective passenger exchange. The equipment will include, among others: air conditioning, an extensive passenger information system and CCTV including passenger compartment cameras and reversing camera. A separate camera is placed in the driver's cabin. The equipment will be complemented by a set of ŚKUP devices (Silesian Public Service Card), allowing, among others a purchase of a ticket in a vehicle.
The manufacturer from near Poznań is currently carrying out another order placed by the public transport operator PKM Katowice, which includes the delivery of 25 Solaris Urbino 12 city buses powered by ecological diesel engines.
This is a jubilee, with the 100th contract signed by the manufacturer from Bolechowo for the supply of electric buses. Solaris has delivered or acquired orders for over 700 vehicles from the Urbino electric family.