Solaris Urbino 12 Electric buses headed for Sicily

Polish bus manufacturer Solaris will deliver seven electric buses to Sicily. The Urbino 12 Electric buses will go to the transport company AMTS Catania, which will use the vehicles on the city’s streets at the foot of Mount Etna. Plug-in charging stations will also be delivered.

Solaris received the order from the central purchasing office Consip S.p.A. Roma. It is not yet clear exactly the vehicles will be delivered to Sicily. The electric vehicles will complement Catania’s city bus fleet. They are the first electric buses that Solaris will deliver to Sicily.

The Urbino 12 Electric for the port city on the Mediterranean island’s east coast are powered by an electric central traction motor. The high-energy batteries have a total capacity of more than 350 kWh. Solaris does not give an exact range, but in regular service on fixed routes the batteries should guarantee that the vehicles are operational all day. The Polish bus manufacturer says that charging can take place at night in the depot.

The vehicles offer 26 seats, and including standing room, the electric buses have room for a total of 88 passengers. The vehicles will be equipped with a video surveillance system and destination displays. Solaris’ eSConnect software system will also be used, offering functionalities such as access to vehicle data in real time or the ongoing identification of faults.

Solaris has delivered more than 200 electric buses to Italian cities, including Bolzano, Bergamo, Milan and Venice. In Bolzano, twelve hydrogen buses are in operation.

Most recently, Solaris reported an Urbino 12 Electric order from Poland. The public transport operator Miejski Zakład Komunikacji has ordered eight vehicles for use in the Polish city of Zielona Góra. The e-buses will be adapted to the city’s existing charging systems and are scheduled for delivery within a year.


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