100 CNG SOLARIS URBINO CITY BUSES FOR TALLINN
Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. won the tender for the delivery of a 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) city buses to Tallinn, capital of Estonia. Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS is the public transport operator that has said yes to the Solaris offer. The order is split into two, 60 buses are the Solaris Urbino 12 and 40 are Solaris Urbino 18 articulated buses.
The delivery of the buses, with a total value of EUR 27 million, will be carried out between September and November 2020. The heart of the new vehicles, in both the 12 and 18 meter versions, will be a 239 kW (325 hp) engine adapted to work with compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel. It will be equipped with a cold start function that facilitates starting at low outside temperatures. The drive system will be complemented by an automatic gearbox. The CNG gas storage cylinders are located on the front part of the vehicles roof. For both Urbino 12 and Urbino 18 it will comprise 5 cylinders with a capacity of 315 litres each.
The Urbino 12 will be able to accommodate over 80 passengers, including 31 in seating position from which 12 will be available at the low floor level. The Urbino 18 has capacity for 150 people from which 41 can be seated. In articulated vehicles, 16 seats will be available from the low floor, making it easier for people with reduced mobility to take up their seat. Both versions of the vehicles will also be equipped with a number of solutions improving the comfort of passengers on board, like air-conditioning and dual USB sockets between the seats in each row - in Urbino 12 there will be a total of 17 of them, while in the articulated version as many as 22. The equipment of the vehicles will also include a passenger information system with internal and external voice announcement of stops and a CCTV monitoring system with 5 internal cameras, as well as head direction and reversing cameras. The drivers will have a closed-type driver's cabin.
Solaris already delivered over 50 zero-emission Trollino trolleybuses to Tallinn. The official signing of the contract was a public event at the main square in Tallinn with at the left Deniss Boroditš (CEO, TLT) and Javier Calleja (CEO, Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.) showing the latest Solaris Urbino 12 CNG.