The Milan public transport company ATM has selected Solaris as a supplier of up to 250 electric buses. The framework agreement with ATM Milano is one of the largest orders for Solaris to date – and the largest order for electric buses in Europe.
Deliveries of the first set of 40 vehicles are scheduled to start in June 2020. The Milan-based operator also aims to completely decommission diesel buses by the end of 2030. ATM is now focusing primarily on electric Solaris buses.
ATM opted for the Urbino 12 electric. The interior can accommodate up to 87 passengers, 26 of them seated. There is also a functional wheelchair space and 14 continuously accessible seats.
The batteries have a total capacity of over 240 kWh per vehicle. The batteries are charged on the road with a top-down pantograph, which is lowered from the charging mast to the vehicle. In addition, the plug in the bus depot can also be used to charge overnight. The buses are powered by an electric axle with two integrated motors and an output of 110 kW each.
There are already 150 Solaris buses in operation in Milan, including 25 electric buses and trolleybuses. The latter use drive and charging technology from Kiepe Electric in Germany.
To date, the Polish manufacturer has delivered more than 40 battery buses to Italy. In addition to Milan, they were purchased by the cities of Bergamo and Bolzano. The customer from Bolzano will also receive 12 hydrogen buses from Solaris 2021.