Solaris expands its position in the Romanian public transport market. In a tender issued by the Ministry of Public Works, Development and Administration, Solaris has won a major order for 123 electric buses out of 131 put out to tender.
The ministry’s tender covered seven cities, and Solaris says it won contracts for six, namely Iași, Sibiu, Sighetu Marmației, Suceava, Târgu Mureș and Pitești. According to the manufacturer, the order is worth just under 65 million euros and among the biggest e-buses in Europe.
In addition to the 123 Urbino 12 electric buses, the Polish manufacturer will also supply the charging infrastructure. This involves 123 stations with 40 kW for overnight charging in the depot and 36 pantograph fast chargers at 300 kW. Accordingly, all 123 buses will also be prepared for charging via CCS and pantograph.
“Seeing more and more municipalities take such far-sighted and eco-friendly decisions to extend their fleets via the addition of modern, zero-emission buses is great news not only for us but also for future generations”, said Petros Spinaris, member of the Management Board of Solaris and responsible for sales, marketing and customer service.
According to Solaris, the company has been supplying customers in Romania since 2002, with more than 300 vehicles delivered so far. Among them are more than 100 trolleybuses and over 40 battery-electric buses. In the past 12 months, several more orders were added: in May 2020, Craiova ordered 16 Urbino 18 electric articulated buses, and in August, the metropolitan city of Ploiești ordered 20 trolleybuses. In January 2021, two more orders for trolleybuses were received from Romania: 25 18-meter buses for Brașov and eleven 12-meter buses for Târgu Jiu.
Solaris’ statement that the current large order will strengthen its position on the Romanian public transport market is not without reason, as the competition also senses good business in such frequent e-bus orders: At the end of January, BYD received its first electric bus order from the public transport operator of the city of Buzău for nine battery-electric buses.