At this year's Busworld, which will take place from 16th to 21st October 2015 in Kortrijk, Solaris will present further models of its new bus generation. The zero-emission new Urbino 12 electric and the new Urbino 12 LE developed mainly for suburban routes will be available to see at the Solaris stand.
Having had its world premiere at IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition in Hanover in 2014, Solaris’s new generation city buses in 12-metre as well as 18-metre versions have already found buyers in European countries and have been very well received by operators and customers. At Busworld 2015, Solaris will unveil further models of the new Urbino. Introducing this new battery-powered bus and the full-size low-entry bus will represent the next stage of the major generation change Solaris has been making since last year.
New Solaris Urbino 12 electric
Emission-free and clean, the electric bus in Solaris’s new design constitutes the most innovative item in the Solaris portfolio. The new 12-metre Urbino electric is fitted with the 3rd generation ZF AVE 130 electric drive with axle-mounted motors. This concept frees up space for passengers and significantly reduces the weight of the vehicle. Additional weight savings result from the underlying design of the new Urbino, which is several hundred kilograms lighter than its predecessor. The batteries, mounted at the back of the bus, deliver 240 kWh. They can be topped up via a pantograph installed on the roof. Also a traditional plug-in connection has been provided. Three battery-powered new Urbino have already been ordered by üstra Hannover City Transport.
Solaris Bus & Coach is a family company founded and owned by Solange and Krzysztof Olszewski. The company is a major European producer of city, intercity and special-purpose buses as well as low-floor trams. Since the start of production in 1996, over 12 000 vehicles have already left the factory in Bolechowo near Poznań. They are running in 29 countries.
The combination of the vision and experience of Solaris’ owners with the enthusiasm of a young team resulted in perfect conditions to achieve strong successes.
Despite its young age, Solaris has become one of the trendsetting companies in its industry. For many years it has been the indisputable leader among the suppliers of city buses in Poland as well as one of the largest suppliers of buses in Germany.