Last week Solaris has signed a deal with public transport operator Dopravní Podnik in Ostrava (DPO) for the supply of 24 Urbino 12 electric buses and the charging infrastructure to go with them. The vehicles ordered by DPO are the first electric Solaris buses to make an appearance on Czech streets. The deliveries are scheduled to end in 2022.
Next year, Ostrava in the Czech Republic will receive 24 new Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses ordered by way of a tender held by the local public transport operator Dopravní Podnik in Ostrava (DPO). The contract assumes that the city will be provided with vehicles as well as 24 mobile chargers, 4 chargers for servicing purposes and 4 pantograph charging stations, Solaris explains. The Polish brand has assessed itself as the leading producer of e-buses for Europe in 2020.
DPO Ostrava to get 24 Solaris Urbino electric buses
The Urbino 12 electric commissioned in Ostrava will be fitted with Solaris High Power batteries with a total capacity of 90 kWh. That capacity was the optimal choice for frequent, short recharging sessions that are typical for the route which these buses will be deployed on. Apart from using a conventional plug-in charging device, the Urbino electric can be also recharged by means of an inverted pantograph in the OppCharge standard.
At least 80 passengers will fit on board of the air-conditioned buses that are equipped with wireless Internet and easily accessible USB ports, and feature a door layout of 2-2-2. All models will also be furnished with external and internal LED lighting as well as a CCTV system consisting of a total of 7 cameras. The safety of drivers will be ensured by means of a very comfortable work place fully separated from the rest of the bus and accessed through a personal entry.