The first Solaris electric buses have arrived in the Czech Republic. The debut of the vehicles of the Polish manufacturer has arrived on the asphalt of the streets of Ostrava; here, in fact, the parent company has signed a contract with the operator Dopravní podnik Ostrava (DPO) for the supply of 24 Urbino 12 and the charging infrastructure. Today, May 6, the first tranche of eight units was officially delivered to the city.

We recall how the Urbino 12 electric buses are very quiet and do not emit polluting gases into the atmosphere, thus increasing the comfort of life of the city’s residents. On board they accommodate 85 passengers who can use wireless Internet and USB charging ports. All models are equipped with exterior and interior LED lighting and a monitoring system consisting of up to seven cameras.
The vehicles, which were added to Ostrava’s fleet, are equipped with Solaris High Power batteries with a total capacity of more than 90 kWh. In addition to charging via the classic plug-in connector, the Urbino Electric’s power can also be supplied via an inverted pantograph in the OppCharge standard.

In the photo (from the left): Roman Zdráhal (Director SOLARIS CZECH), Tomáš Hüner (Head of Smart Infrastructure, Siemens), Daniel Morys (Chairman of the Board and CEO of DPO), Martin Kupka (Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic), Tomáš Macuram (Mayor of Ostrava), Eva Ručková (Managig Director SOLARIS CZECH), Katarzyna Drgas (Regional Sales Manager Solaris Bus & Coach).

“We are changing bus transport in Ostrava. The new charging infrastructure at the Hranečník terminal is the next phase of our strategy and complements the existing charger for electric buses in Ostrava-Svinov. The next part of the plan is to build a charging station also on ul. Valchařská in the city centre. Ostrava will thus have three strategic points where the electric buses will top up their batteries and from where they will leave to serve the surrounding areas. This will significantly reduce CO2 production at these locations,” said Daniel Morys, Chairman of the Board and CEO of DPO.

“We have been working with DPO for more than 20 years. It was to Ostrava that we delivered our first vehicle for the export market. I am extremely proud that our company can be part of the history of public transport in this city, especially because it is quite an impressive history! The authorities have been consistently implementing the fleet transformation plan, in line with the motto: “Diesel-free public transport!” Electromobility is certainly the future of transportation, and zero-emission solutions provide indisputable benefits for residents – less noise and reduced pollution,” said Roman Zdráhal, Director of Solaris Czech.

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