Solaris will deliver 56 articulated electric buses to Aarhus. The operator AarBus, which manages transport in this Danish city, has had Solaris battery models in its fleet since last year. Another significant order is the confirmation of the reliability of the Urbino electric. The exhaust-free buses will be delivered to the city in two tranches: in 2024 and 2025.
Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city, aims to have fossil-free public transport by 2030. AarBus confirmed order for the supply of 56 units of Solaris Urbino 18 electric buses, which is undoubtedly an important step towards achieving this goal. The impressive order amounts to EUR 37 million, and Solaris will deliver the vehicles in two tranches. The city will receive 31 models in 2024, the delivery of the remaining 25 units will take place in 2025.
"We are extremely proud of the many years of trust that AarBus has placed in us. We are convinced that our electric buses with advanced equipment will serve the residents of Aarhus with comfort without affecting the environment. This is another step in our mission to provide innovative transport solutions that contribute to improving air quality in cities," said Olivier Michard, Member of the Management Board of Solaris Bus & Coach, responsible for Sales, Marketing and After-Sales.
The buses chosen by the carrier will be equipped with state-of-the-art solutions to provide drivers and passengers with a comfortable and emission-free journey. The vehicles will be powered by energy from Solaris High Energy batteries. Energy storage facilities with a capacity of over 450 kWh will provide the operator with a long range and operability throughout the day. The buses will be charged via a plug-in connection. The source of drive will be an electric axle with two motors. The air conditioning system will provide passengers with optimal thermal conditions inside the vehicle. In addition, double glazing will be used in each of the Urbinos to further improve the thermal insulation of the buses.
“The fact that we are almost doubling the number of electric buses means that almost 80% of our buses will run on electricity. The obvious advantage is that they produce less noise and that this will also have a big impact on our reduction of CO2 emissions and lower diesel consumption. Therefore, this is an important step in the right direction, offering the people of Aarhus a greener way to get around the municipality,” says Nicolaj Bang, Aarhus Technology and Environment Councilor.
The cooperation between Solaris and AarBus has been ongoing since 2006, and so far the manufacturer has delivered a total of 227 buses to the operator, including 29 electric buses. Solaris is a leading manufacturer of zero-emission public transport vehicles. The order book today includes about 3,000 battery and hydrogen vehicles, of which more than 2,000 have already been delivered and provides transport to residents of more than 100 European cities.