POLISH KATOWICE IS BECOMING A REAL SOLARIS CITY
After having received and delivered several Solaris electric buses the transport operator Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacji Miejskiej (PKM) in Katowice has orderd for another 5 Solaris Urbino 12 electric. Therefore the 10 electric buses already commissioned by the capital of Silesia will be joined by another set of environmentally friendly vehicles.
At the beginning of the year, Solaris supplied five articulated Urbino 18 electric buses to the PKM operator. In a few weeks, 5 twelve-meter electric buses shall be delivered. Meanwhile, on Monday, the parties signed a contract for another five electric Urbino 12 electric to be supplied in the second quarter of 2021. The value of the contract amounts to PLN 12.4 million (ca. 3,1 million EUR). Solaris is also to provide also five stationary plug-in charging devices.
The electric buses for Katowice will be driven by a 160 kW central traction motor. The energy needed to propel the vehicles will be stored in a set of batteries of the latest generation - Solaris High Energy+, boasting a total capacity of 237 kWh. They will be recharged using a plug-in connector and an inverted pantograph will be installed on the roof of vehicles, to which the pantograph, permanently mounted on the mast of the stationary charger, will be lowered for the duration of the recharging process.
The buses will carry at least 80 passengers at a time, 26 of them seated. The 2+2+2 door layout of the buses facilitates the efficient exchange of passengers. The equipment of Urbino 12 electric ordered by PKM Katowice will include, among others: air conditioning, passenger information system and CCTV, including passenger compartment cameras and a reversing camera. A separate camera has been placed in the driver's cabin. The equipment will be complemented by a set of ŚKUP devices (Silesian Public Service Card), enabling the purchase of a ticket in a vehicle among others, and USB chargers, which allow passengers to charge their mobile devices.
There are already two Urbino 8,9 LE electric in use in Katowice - they are blood collection buses commissioned by the Regional Blood Donation and Blood Treatment Center. In the picture: Petros Spinaris (Deputy CEO, Solaris), Helena Ulanowska (CEO, PKM Katowice).