Solaris Bus & Coach has secured an order of 21 electric buses from transit operator MPK in its home city of Poznań, Poland. The 15 articulated and 6 standard length buses are to be delivered by February 2020 at a total price of around 70 million złoty ($18.5 million).
The new buses will be fitted with Solaris High Power batteries – the 12-meter Urbinos will have 116 kWh battery packs, and the articulated units will have 174 kWh packs.
The e-buses will charge by means of a roof-mounted pantograph, and will also have plug-in charging sockets on both sides of the bus, in order to facilitate the simultaneous recharging of several vehicles.
The buses will be served by three charging sites. MPK plans to set up two new charging stations, one of which will feature two double-stand pantograph chargers, enabling the simultaneous recharging of four vehicles. Power capacity of up to 560 kW will enable the buses to continue making their rounds after only a few minutes of charging.
Each bus features a roof-mounted photovoltaic cell system and LED lighting inside and out, in order to reduce energy usage.
Solaris has supplied more than 100 battery buses to buyers in Poland, and almost 90 more such buses have been commissioned.