The public transit operator OVB in the German town of Offenbach has ordered 29 electric buses from Solaris. The 20 standard and nine articulated buses are not Offenbach’s first order from the Polish manufacturer.
Offenbach is reportedly among the cities receiving funding from the German Ministry for the Environment (BMU) to clean up the bus fleet due to high levels of NOx emissions within the city limits.
In the case of OVB, they plan to replace 36 of 87 diesel vehicles with electric buses by 2022. The operator turned to Solaris to fulfil the pledge and already ordered seven electric buses from the Poland-based company last November with delivery set before the end of this year.
The now ordered 29 electric buses are to arrive in two rounds in spring and autumn 2021. The city decided to go for 20 twelve-meter Solaris Urbino 12 electric and 9 eighteen-meter vehicles. OVB estimates the cost of around 17 million euros. Once both contracts are completed, Solaris-buses will account for nearly half of the OVB’s fleet.
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