Rheintal Busverkehr GmbH, a transport operator in western Austria, has recently purchased 16 Solaris Urbino 9 LE electric buses from Solaris Bus & Coach.

The low-entry 9-metre vehicles will serve passenger traffic in the Lustenau area, which is located in the Rhine valley. The purchase will be carried out in two rounds, with 11 buses to be delivered in 2024 and the remaining five in 2025. The operator already has 20 conventionally powered Urbino 8.9 LE buses in its fleet.

The Urbino 9 LE electric is the shortest in the zero-emission Urbino 9 LE electric portfolio and was launched in Autumn 2021. Solaris has already signed contracts for nearly 70 units of 9-metre electrobus with operators from Austria, Poland, Spain, Italy, Romania, and Germany, thereby supporting the green transformation of public transport in more cities.

Solaris Urbino 9 LE electric for Austria

The ordered e-buses will be powered by High Energy batteries with a total capacity of over 300 kWh. The battery will be charged via a plug-in connector. Each of the e-buses will be equipped with two plug-in connectors, located on the first right wheel arch and in the last side panel on the right-hand side.

The modern interior of the Urbino 9 LE electric provides seating for 27 passengers. The midibus is equipped with modern features such as an automatic passenger counting system and advanced monitoring systems. Each of the 16 buses for Lustenau will be fitted with a CO2 heat pump.


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