After winning tenders for the delivery of electric buses to Berlin and Hamburg (in both cities the victory is split with Mercedes, that is also delivering its electric bus eCitaro), Solaris signed a contract for the production of three Solaris Urbino 12 electric vehicles for Munich and the surrounding area. These are the first electrically powered buses purchased by a private bus company in Germany. Ettenhuber GmbH is also the first operator to purchase Solaris Urbino 12 vehicles in their latest installment.
Zf electric axle and plugin charging
The vehicles will be equipped with 240 kWh Solaris High Energy batteries, which will be charged via a plug-in connection. The charger will be connected, in accordance to the manufacturer’s standard, to the socket mounted above the first right-hand wheel arch and, at the special request of the German carrier, also on the right-hand side, at the rear of the vehicle. The drive of the electric bus will be provided by electric axles Zf with integrated electric motors. The non-emission buses for the Munich-based operator, Solaris explains in a press release, will feature a new design characterized by rounded windshield and a new front lighting system based entirely on LED technology. Instead of the previous 5 headlamps, all the lights (road, fog, indicator and parking) will be replaced with 3 reflectors only.
Up to 71 passengers on board
There will be 33 seats installed inside each bus, and 12 of them will be available from a low floor. The vehicles will accommodate up to 71 passengers. USB sockets will allow the passengers to charge mobile devices while traveling. Also wifi connection will be available. To increase passenger safety, the vehicles will be equipped with a collision prevention system – Mobileye – which warns the driver about unplanned and uncontrolled divergence from the drive lane with the use of visual and audible signals.