Solaris has just delivered three Urbino 18 electric buses to Bonn, in Germany, following the order secured on year ago. It is the first contract the manufacturer performed for its customer Stadtwerke Bonn Bus und Bahn (SWB). The deployment of new electric buses will allow the city to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 200 tonnes, and NOx emissions by 430 kilograms every year, Solaris points out.

The three delivered Urbino 18 electric buses are fuelled solely by so-called “green” energy, i.e. power derived from renewable sources. Solaris has so far delivered 200 electric buses to its German clients and has assessed itself as one of the leaders in the electric bus market 2020.

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Solaris Urbino Electric for Bonn, at least 200 km range

The supplied buses come with the guarantee of achieving a driving range of 200 km on a single charge over a usage period of 12 years, regardless of the weather conditions, Solaris underlines. Meeting these requirements was possible thanks to the application of the new generation of Solaris’ High Energy battery. The total capacity of the batteries installed in the buses for Bonn comes to over 550 kWh. Thanks to these features, the Polish bus builder says «the vehicles will be able to effortlessly cover the range stipulated by the client, irrespective of weather or road conditions, with the heating or the air-conditioning switched on and with a full set of passengers on board».

The drive unit in the Urbino 18 electric bus consists of an electric axle with two integrated motors boasting a power of 125 kW each supplied by ZF. The vehicles have a purely electrical heating system.

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Up to 100 passengers on the Solaris Urbino Electric for Bonn

The articulated electric buses can fit up to 100 passengers. Catering to the client’s wishes, Solaris has designed a completely new seat layout, adding an additional bench for three passengers in the rear of the vehicle. This solution allowed to raise the number of seats on board of the buses to 44, many of which will be accessible from the low floor, which makes it easier to travel for persons with reduced mobility. What is more, the new buses will offer a total of 21 double USB ports for passengers to recharge their mobile devices.

Solaris Urbino Electric in Bonn, the electric depot

Over the past months, the bus depot in Friesdorf witnessed the setup of a new charging infrastructure. The batteries of the articulated electric buses are charged there overnight, using plug-in connectors. The charging outlets were created based on binding standards and are compatible with every vehicle type recharged with direct current. The overnight charging mode allows for the deployment, by SWB, of electric buses to nearly all bus lines.

The buses supplied by Solaris feature state-of-the-art assistance systems, such as MobilEye Shield+. This device allows the driver to spot more thanks to cameras placed outside of the vehicle; these cameras detect pedestrians and cyclists situated in the blind spot of the vehicle. This is particularly important during turns, when visibility is impaired. What is more, one of the buses has cameras in lieu of conventional side mirrors.

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Only plug-in charging for e-buses in Bonn

In the future, SWB Bus und Bahn plans to convert its fleet to one using solely alternative drive technologies, so as to make all regular transport services environmentally neutral.

“The future is electric. We stick to our step-by-step plan of transitioning the fleet towards zero-emission transport and we keep investing in comfortable and quiet electric buses which, thanks to low CO2 emission levels, are locally neutral for the environment,” says Anja Wenmakers, the Managing Director of SWB Bus und Bahn.

“Contrary to other transport companies, we rely exclusively on long-range electric buses. That is why Bonn does not have to invest in charging outlets spread across the city,” adds Anja Wenmakers.

“The articulated electric buses of Solaris are emission-free, silent vehicles. SWB Bus und Bahn invests in innovative mobility solutions. We are proud that, thanks to the trust placed in us by our client, we can be part of the transformation of municipal transport in Bonn,” explains Christian Goll, managing director of Solaris Deutschland GmbH.


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