The company completes a special commission – a bus that is also a mobile blood donor station for the Province Blood Donation Centre in Katowice.
Neoplan Polska is the sole domestic producer of low-floor city buses of four length types: 10, 12, 15 and 18 metres.
Neoplan Polska manufactures 225 busses, including 163 city buses, which accounts for nearly 40 percent of the Polish low-floor bus market.
A modernised, interim model of the bus k4016 td, called Olibus, is designed. No longer a Neoplan, the bus is not a Solaris either – yet.
Manufacture of the biggest (18-metre long) low-floor articulated Neoplan N 4021, taking 175 passengers on board. The bus is presented during the 2nd Public Transport Show in Łódź.
Poland-wide and world premiere for the Solaris Urbino family of low-floor city buses. The bodyframes are made completely out of corrosion-resistant steel. The asymmetric front windscreen of the bus presented at this point will later become the distinctiv
Neoplan Polska turns into one of the leaders of the Polish market of city buses (ranked 2nd, with a market share of 25.7%) and tourist coaches (ranked 1st – 40.5% share). 106 city buses and 64 tourist coaches have been sold so far.
Premiere of the Solaris Urbino bus family – lengths of 9, 12, 15 and 18 metres – at the V Łódź Public Transport Show.
Two Urbino 12 buses end up in Berlin – the first city buses to have been produced, and designed, in Poland, and purchased by a buyer from the European Union.
The one hundredth Solaris Urbino 15, purchased by Warsaw-based transport firm Rapid, rolls off the assembly line at the Neoplan Polska factory.
Construction of low-floor, environmental-friendly trolleybus Trollino 12: drawing power from overhead wires, the prototype vehicle makes its debut in Gdynia. Within a decade Solaris will become the leading producer of trolleybuses in the EU, supplying Tro
The Solaris Vacanza 12 tourist coach, one of the most comfortable buses then available on the market, has its world and domestic premiere.
Warsaw is turning into the biggest Polish client, as transport operator MZA Warszawa expands its yellow-red-coloured bus fleet by another 165 Urbinos under a new contract.
Signing of a long-term contract with municipal authorities of Riga (Rigas-Satiksme SIA) for the supply of 148 buses and 2 articulated trolleybuses.
Berlin gets Solaris Urbino 12 and Urbino 18 buses; one of these is the thousandth vehicle manufactured in Bolechowo.
Special bus Solaris Vacanza bus is made to order for the Regional Blood Donation and Hemotherapy Centre in Katowice.
Premiere of the Solaris Trollino 15 – the first 15-metre-trolleybus in the world (Ostrava, Czech Republic)
13-metre tourist coach version of the Solaris Vacanza has its world premiere at the trade fair in Kortrijk.
The thousandth vehicle is churned out in Bolechowo and sold in Poland, to public transport operator MPK Legnica. Solaris Urbino 10 emerges as the jubilee model.
The company wins an order for 260 buses for BVG. It is the biggest tender of its kind in Europe in 2004. Supplies are slated to start in 2005.
World premiere of city bus Solaris Urbino III at IAA show in Hannover. The banner at the fair stand reads: Made in Poland. Made for Europe
Polish and world premiere of CNG-fuelled Solaris Urbino CNG and of the Solaris Urbino Low Entry bus at the TRANSEXPO trade fair in Kielce.
The thousandth Solaris Urbino ends up in Cracow, supplied as part of a larger order for 50 vehicles made by public operator MPK in Cracow.
Solaris awarded Gold Medal at the International Public City Transport Exhibition TRANSEXPO in Kielce for the “way of using trade fairs as a means to promote the company”.
First Urbino 18 vehicles handed over under contract for the supply of 260 articulated buses to the public transport operator of Berlin.
One hundredth Solaris on the Czech market; the Czech Republic was the first export market for Solaris Bus & Coach. It is Poland’s southern neighbour which, in 2000, received the company’s first exported bus – the Solaris Urbino 15 for the city of Ostrava.
Warsaw’s public operator MZA gets first Solaris Urbino 18 buses – the green dachshund wins the affection of new fans.
2005 starts off with an output capacity of 2 buses daily, by the end of that year output has climbed to 3.3 vehicles/day.
Solaris Bus & Coach organises a Tourist Coach Exchange. The event serves Polish coach carriers as a place of commercial exchange and a forum for the exchange of information and experience.
„Builder of the Year” title awarded to Solange Olszewska by the international jury in at trade fair Busworld in Belgian town Kortijk, for her personal contribution to the development of the bus sector.
Inauguration of new production hall in Bolechowo. Up until now the investor has released 13,500 square meters of floorspace for use. By 2007 the factory will have grown by another 10,000 square metres.
Debut of Solaris Urbino 18 Hybrid buses at the IAA trade fair in Hannover. Solaris is becoming Europe’s first producer of serially produced hybrid-system buses. Krzysztof Olszewski calls out his now famous words Diesel has died. Long live electricity! dur
Premiere of the Solaris Alpino 8.6 bus at the International Public City Transport Exhibition TRANSEXPO in Kielce.
Premiere of Solaris Urbino 18 buses complying with EEV exhaust emission standards – at IAA trade fair in Hannover. The bus was bought during the trade fair by the city of Bremen.
The first competition for best driver of Solaris Vacanza coaches is held on the racetrack of the Polish Automobile Union in Sochaczew.
The ”Save Driver” programme, a joint initiative of Solaris Bus & Coach and the Polish Automobile Association (PZA), gets launched. The World Bank is a programme partner, and the event is held under the patronage of the Transport and Construction Ministry,
Award in the “Advancement” category of the Best of European Business competition, held by Roland Berger Strategy consultants and international TV news station CNN.
First hybrid bus – the Solaris Urbino 18 Hybrid, ordered by group Eurobus - put into service in Switzerland.
In collaboration with the Dubai representations Al Ghurair & Solaris Middle East Bus Trading, Solaris wins a tender for the delivery of 225 buses for the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority. Deliveries will be carried out in 2008. The order encompasses 150
Signing of contract for the supply of 320 vehicles, including 220 Alpino and 100 Urbino 18 buses, for Athens’ bus company E.THE.L – it is the biggest tender won by Solaris in terms of the bus number.
Transfer of first buses to Athens, under the biggest ever contract landed by Solaris. The whole delivery is completed in 2009.
Representatives of Poznań City Transport (MPK) signs a contract with Solaris for the purchase of a hybrid engine bus – the Solaris Urbino 18 Hybrid. It will be the first public transport vehicle in Poland with such a novel propulsion syst
At the InnoTrans trade fair Solaris presents its first ever tram design which soon is turned into reality, when the tram rolls out onto the rail tracks in 2009.
Krzysztof Olszewski appointed chairman of the Supervisory Board of Solaris. Solange Olszewska takes on the post of CEO.
Premiere of modern and comfortable intercity Solaris InterUrbino 12 buses at the TRANSEXPO trade fair in Kielce.
Premiere of Solaris Urbino 12 Hybrid buses at the Busworld exhibition in Kortrijk. This means that the range of the most environmentally-friendly products gets complemented.
Solaris sells trams for the first time. Poznań City Transport (MPK) determines outcome of tender for 40 low-floor buses. Solaris’ bid is the most advantageous.
Five-thousandth bus leaves the Solaris Bus & Coach factory in Bolechowo near Poznań. The modern, low-floor city bus Solaris Urbino 12 was passed on to a customer from Koziegłowy near Poznań.
Solaris in the Indian Ocean. Until now the furthest Solaris buses have ever ventured from Bolechowo near Poznań, was Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, but things are changing now. Six Urbino buses are joining the fleet of a bus operator on the island of
A new production facility in Środa Wielkopolska producing Solaris Tramino tram bodyframes launches operation.
Launch of serial production of Solaris Urbino 15 LE CNG vehicles: the CNG-fuelled bus, recently set for serial production, is quickly becoming a hit on Scandinavian markets, where about 300 of those buses are sold in 2010 alone.
Krzysztof Olszewski is awarded the Kisiel Prize by the award chapter of weekly Wprost in the Entrepreneur category.
Solaris Urbino 18 Hybrid, with its serial hybrid system, is awarded the Gold Medal at the International Public City Transport Exhibition TRANSEXPO 2010 in Kielce.
Premiere of Solaris URbino 8.9 electric buses at the International Public City Transport Exhibition TRANSEXPO in Kielce. Solaris Urbino electric is the first bus in Poland to be fuelled solely with electricity stored inside the vehicle.
On 22 March Solaris celebrates its 15th anniversary! Production of buses began in Bolechowo 15 years earlier.
The first of the serially produced trams Solaris Tramino Poznań was presented to municipal authorities in May, to roll out onto the streets shortly afterwards, in July.
Solaris signs deal for the supply of 4 Tramino trams to the German city of Jena. It is the first export contract for Solaris for the delivery of light rail vehicles.
Solaris consistently focuses on raising drivers’ qualifications. Nearly 100 employees of the public transport operator MPK in Łódź take part in the latest edition of training programme ”Safe Driver”.
Economic Award of the President of Poland, in the category Innovation. It is the second time that Solaris receives this exceptional distinction. Previously the company received the award in the category Exporter.
Readers of the magazine busplaner name the Solaris Urbino 18 Hybrid from Vossloh Kiepe the innovation of the year 2011.
Premiere of Solaris Urbino 18.75, the so far longest vehicle on sale of the Bolechowo-based producer.
Solaris Tramino is honoured with the Top Design award in the category ”Automotive Industry and Public Transport”, awarded within the framework of the Arena Design trade fair taking place from 5-8 March.
Electric bus of the Solaris brand acknowledged as ”Innovation of the Year 2012” in the category Public Transport, by readers of German sector news magazine Busplaner.
Solaris Urbino 12 electric is acknowledged as best product in the category “Buses” by the jury of the International Public City Transport Exhibition TRANSEXPO 2012 in Kielce.
The electric Solaris was distinguished by the chapter of EBUS contest, which awarded the bus’ first place in the category “Electric buses”. The award was provided by the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) and insurance company DEVK, under the
Two-thousandth Solaris on German market: it is one of ten passenger trailer buses, handed over to Munich-based operator MVG.
Official premiere of Solaris Tramino Jena – first five Polish trams to have ever been delivered to the German market.
Solaris lands its first order on the Turkish market – 100 low-floor buses of the Solaris Urbino 18 type are going to Izmir.
The Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE electric rolls out on the streets of Austrian city Klagenfurt – it is the first contract of Solaris for the delivery of emission-free battery buses completed by Solaris.
First Urbino 18.75 – the longest among all Solaris bus models – to go to a customer in German city of Hagen.
Solaris secures an order for 200 low-floor buses. It is a significant step forward for the Polish manufacturer on the Serbian market.
Poland’s president Bronisław Komorowski awards the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland to Solange and Krzysztof Olszewscy. The distinction is awarded for the couple’s contribution to the development of economic cooperation betwe
The Solaris Urbino 12 electric, with an automatic system for conductive fast charging, mounted on the roof, is awarded the Gold Medal of the trade fair TRANSEXPO in Kielce in the “Bus” category.
At the International Railway Trade Fair TRAKO in Gdańsk, the Tramino Jena is awarded the Medal of the Association of Polish Electrical Engineers, thus honouring "extraordinary achievements by Polish engineers and technicians".
The Tramino Jena was awarded the Jan Podoski’s prize by the Polish City Transport Chamber (IGKM), at the International Railway Trade Fair TRAKO in Gdańsk.
Premiere of Solaris Tramino in Braunschweig. Braunschweiger Verkehrs GmbH orders a total of 18 low-floor trams.
Solange and Krzysztof Olszewscy, founders and owner of Solaris Bus & Coach, are among the winners of the poll "People of Freedom".
Castellón de la Plana chooses Solaris trolleybuses. The 12-metre vehicles in their unique MetroStyle design are the very first Trollino to come to Spain.
10 000 Solaris buses sold. The jubilee bus, an Urbino 12 electric, is delivered to German customer Rheinbahn in Düsseldorf.
The company widens its range of emission-free electric buses. A Solaris Urbino 12 electric bus with inductive charging system drives out onto the streets of Braunschweig.
The very first articulated low-floor trolleybuses in Poland, the Solaris Trollino 18, are delivered to Lublin, to operator Lublin City Transport MPK.
500 Solaris buses in the Czech Republic. The exceptional spot of 500th vehicle goes to a low-floor Urbino 18 for the operator Brno City Transport.
Work starts on an expansion to the Bolechowo plant. The 45-million złoty investment covers among others an increase in the production area by 7,500 m2.
The first electric buses in Poland: Ostrołęka decides to take two Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE electric and thus introduces electric mobility to the city transport.
Tramino trams start regular operation in Olsztyn. After a break of 50 years rail city transport returns to the capital of the Warmia and Mazury region.
The first new Solaris gets delivered. The buyer is Josef Ettenhuber GmbH which receives its Urbino on 12 July.
The 1000th Trollino trolleybus – of the Trollino 18 MetroStryle type – is delivered to a customer in Salzburg.
The 1001st Trollino is delivered to Gdynia, the same city that bought the first Solaris Trollino ever to be made.
In the last days of 2015 the company signs a contract for the delivery of 110 buses for Israel. The order covers Urbino city buses, as well as InterUrbino intercity buses.
First new Solaris buses in Poland. The state-of-the art Urbino 12 was delivered to Wejherowo. A transport operator in Grudziądz receives two identical vehicles almost concurrently.
Solaris and Leipzig City Transport (LVB) sign contract for delivery of 41 Tramino trams to Leipzig. It is the third order for light rail vehicles of the Polish producer commissioned by a German customer.
500th Solaris arrives in Italy. The jubilee vehicle is an Urbino 12 low-floor bus for a city operator in Novara. It is also the first new Solaris on the Italian market altogether.
Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses take up passenger service in Warsaw. Warsaw City Transport purchased 10 all-electric Solaris buses.
The new Solaris Urbino wins the highly prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD 2015. The winning designs were selected by professionals from over twenty countries.
The new Solaris Urbino receives the TOP Design Award following a competition organised during the ‘arena DESIGN’ exhibition in Poznań.
Solaris Tramino Braunschweig receives the prestigious Red Dot Award 2015, following one of the most opinion-forming international competitions to-day. The Red Dot is tantamount to a quality certificate in design.
The editorial team of widely-read monthly “Forbes” awards Milestones to the most illustrious public figures and to authors of the great market successes. Solange Olszewska is awarded in the category “business”.
During the IAA fair in Hanover, the new Solaris Urbino 12 electric received the “Bus of the Year 2017” statuette for best city bus of the year 2017.
On 22 March 2016 Solaris Bus & Coach commences celebrating its 20th anniversary, holding numerous events up to the end of the calendar year.
Together with a group of Polish enterprises and technical universities, Solaris signs a letter of intent with the purpose of developing electromobility, titled “Polish Electric Bus – supply chain for e-mobility”.
Solaris wins its biggest ever contract for the supply of 300 intercity buses InterUrbino to the operator Cotral, a Rome-based regional transport business.
Solaris delivers its hundredth electric bus to the client, The zero-emission Buses ride in 9 countries in Europe and have already covered a total distance of more than 4 million kilometers.
The Solaris electric buses win another award, this time it is the EBUS Award 2017, for a long term contribution in the development in emission free public transportation.
Solaris presents the new articulated Urbino 18 electric for the first time at the Busworld in Kortrijk.
With the delivery for operators from Luxembourg and the Netherlands, Solaris conquers new markets and is currently present in 32 countries.
The Tramino-trams already carry passengers in Leipzig. By the end of the year 10 vehicles out of 41 ordered were delivered.
Solaris signs record deals for the delivery of its Trollino and empowers the position as an european leader of trolleybus production.
Unique on a global scale electric buses designed as a blood donation center leave the factory in Bolechowo.
A whole 40% of the 1487 produced buses are vehicles with alternative drivelines (electric, hybrid, trolleybuses).
Première of the Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen showcased at the Global Public Transport Summit UITP in Stockholm.
Italy’s Bolzano is the first city to purchase hydrogen buses offered by the producer. 12 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen, fitted with state-of-the-art fuel cells, are to go all the way to Bolzano.
Rome-based Cotral signs another framework contract with Solaris, for the delivery of up to 300 intercity buses of the InterUrbino type.
At the September Busworld 2019 trade fair in Brussels, Solaris presents yet more product novelties, i.a. an 18-metre electric bus equipped with Solaris High Energy+ batteries of the latest generation.
Another novelty in 2019 is the Trollino 24 MetroStyle, the first bi-articulated vehicle in the company’s history.
Solaris expands its after-sales offer, in particular with regard to the fleet management of buses with alternative propulsion systems. The product dedicated to that segment is the eSConnect system.