After the expiry of the consideration period, the BVG has announced who will receive the contract for the 30 electric buses. As expected, Daimler and the Polish manufacturer Solaris received the contract.
Daimler will be delivering 15 of their Mercedes E-Citaro buses, while Solaris is providing 15 New Urbino 12 Electric buses. The first vehicles are scheduled to arrive in the German capital by early 2019. The contract is worth about 18 million euros in total.
The buses of both manufacturers are 12 m long and have space for up to 70 passengers. The buses will be charged over night at the bus depot, and will be deployed along the 142, 147, 194 and 240 bus lines, alternating with diesel buses.
The purchase of another 30 electric buses is already being prepared for 2019. This order will focus on the 18 m articulated buses, with a double-digit investment in the millions ready.