Berlin’s public transport operator BVG has ordered fifteen articulated electric buses from Solaris, a Polish bus and trolleybus manufacturer. The Solaris Urbino 18-meter buses will be delivered in 2020. The value of the contract, including charging infrastructure, is €13.2 million.
Each of the buses will have a battery capacity of 174 kWh. They will be charged at selected stations throughout Berlin using an inverted pantograph system, whereby the charger is lowered onto the bus’s roof. The buses will also be charged at the depot with a plug-in connection.
The new articulated buses will join BVG’s fleet, which already includes five standard-length Solaris Urbino 12-meter electric buses. Fifteen additional 12-meter electric buses will be delivered by the end of 2019.