The Polish bus manufacturer Solaris and the Romanian city of Craiova have signed a contract for the delivery of 16 Urbino 18 electric electric buses. The articulated vehicles are scheduled to arrive in Craiova in the first half of 2021.
In addition to the 16 18-metre buses, Solaris will also supply charging equipment under the contract – 16 units for night charging and four pantograph rapid charging systems for intermediate charging during regular service. These will be top-down charging systems, i.e. the pantograph will be lowered from the mast to the roof of the vehicle. According to the Poles, the total value of the order amounts to around twelve million euros, with the bulk of the sum being covered by European subsidies.
At Busworld in October last year, Solaris presented a battery update for the Urbino 18. The bus manufacturer promises that the Urbino 18 electric “can thus easily cover 200 kilometres in one battery charge, regardless of road and weather conditions”. The articulated electric bus is equipped with a 240 kW engine and can carry a maximum of 120 passengers, 40 of whom can be seated.
For the city of Craiova with 300,000 inhabitants – located in the south of Romania – the acquisition of the e-buses is a first: For the first time, the city is investing in battery-powered vehicles. This is the second order from Romania for Solaris: The city of Cluj-Napoca already uses 41 Urbino 12 electric buses.
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