The Polish bus manufacturer Solaris will soon deliver 15 E-buses to southern Baden in Germany. Operator Freiburger Verkehrs AG has ordered five fully electric standard and ten articulated e-buses from Solaris.
Specifically, the order comprises five Solaris Urbino 12 electric and ten 18-meter articulated Urbino 18 electric buses. The twelve-metre standard bus can accommodate 34 seated passengers, the articulated bus has 46 seats. However, Solaris does not say when they will deliver the 15 E-buses to go into service.
Freiburger Verkehrs AG has opted for relatively small batteries for both models. In the articulated buses, batteries with a total nominal capacity of over 180 kWh will be used, whereas the solo buses, will get the energy from batteries with a total nominal capacity of over 150 kWh. By way of comparison, in August the public transport operator PKM also ordered Urbino 12 electric and Urbino 18 electric for the southern Polish city of Sosnowiec – but with 300 kWh and 470 kWh battery capacity.
Both Urbino models in Freiburg are to recharge by pantograph en route. In addition, cable-bound charging at the depot is possible. The buses are each powered by two electric motors integrated into the axles, each of which has an output of 125 kW.
All buses ordered for Freiburg will be equipped with USB charging sockets for recharging mobile devices, and there will also be a modern passenger information system. The driver will be supported by a range of assistance systems. Instead of the conventional side mirrors, the vehicle will be equipped with cameras. This is intended to provide better visibility in blinding sun, rain or at night.
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