CRACOW'S MPK EXPANDS BUSFLEET WITH 50 SOLARIS URBINO 18 ELECTRIC
With a new order for 50 Solaris Urbino 18 electric buses Cracow public transport operator Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne S.A. (MPK) expands the existing fleet of 400 Solaris vehicles. With the 50 new buses MPK will have 78. Besides the 50 e-buses
also 50 plug-in charging devices are part of the order. The contract value amounts to 38,5 million euros (PLN 165,435,000).
Solaris will deliver the buses within a year. The 50 electric buses supplied will be propelled by electric axles with integrated electric motors. The design of the articulated buses will be adapted to two recharging modes. A 4-pole roof-mounted pantograph is placed above the first axle or a plug-in charger can be used. Energy will be stored in high density Solaris High Energy+ batteries. The electric articulated buses will be able to carry 141 passengers at a time, of whom 43 seated. A monitoring system, passenger information system, air-conditioning, USB charging ports and an electric heating system are there for the comfort of the passengers. Wheelchair-bound persons will be able to take advantage of platforms facilitating boarding and alighting of the bus. The ramps will be installed at the second door. “We perceive the decision to buy 50 more electric buses of Solaris as confirmation of the positive experience the operator has had using Solaris electric vehicles”, says Petros Spinaris, Deputy CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach, in charge of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.
The new buses will service four bus lines running through the Three Bards’ Avenues (Juliusz Słowacki Avenue, Adam Mickiewicz Avenue, Zygmunt Krasiński Avenue). “That is in a area of the city where the air pollution limits are exceeded the most,” stated Cracow mayor Jacek Majchrowski.
The purchase of 50 articulated electric buses for Cracow has made it onto the list of projects selected for European Union subsidising. “We have been awarded approximately 25,3 million euros in subsidies for the purchase of those vehicles. So this is an opportunity for us, by involving relatively small own funds, to obtain zero-emission buses for the residents of Cracow”, commented Rafał Świerczyński, CEO of MPK S.A. in Cracow.