Milan-based public transport operator ATM has ordered 100 more electric buses from Solaris. The basis for the new order is the framework agreement concluded last year for up to 250 electric buses. The first 40 electric buses ordered under this contract have already been delivered by Solaris.
Solaris says that it will process the new order for Urbino 12 electric buses by the end of 2021 so that it can deliver the 100 electric to Milan by that time. In summer 2019, the framework contract with ATM Milano was one of Solaris’ largest orders to date and the largest order for electric buses in Europe. The Milan-based operator aims to completely decommission diesel buses by the end of 2030.
The City of Milan is now relying primarily on Solaris electric buses. In addition to the 40 electric buses already delivered under the framework agreement, the Italian fashion capital has been operating a total of 25 electric buses from the Polish manufacturer since 2018 and 2019, as well as Solaris trolleybuses, which incidentally use drive and charging technology from Kiepe Electric of Germany.
“We are extremely happy that we have the opportunity to supply ATM in Milan with more electric Solaris buses. It is a huge investment, not only in modern, safe and comfortable municipal transport but above all in clean air and improved quality of life,” said Alberto Fiore, Managing Director of Solaris Italia. ATM Milano has also chosen to retrofit the buses with two innovative solutions first presented by Solaris in 2019: the Mobileye Shield+ blind spot assistant and the MirrorEye system, which will be installed in one of Milan’s electric buses for testing purposes. The side mirrors will be replaced with cameras.
Solaris also notes that of the 100 Urbino 12 electric buses now ordered by Milan, the 1,000th electric bus to come off the assembly line in-house will be the 1000th. “Electromobility is not an empty phrase. 1000 sold electric buses is a proud accomplishment all of our company’s employees have worked for,” said Petros Spinaris, Deputy Chairman of Solaris Bus & Coach.