Ostrów Wielkopolski commissions six Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses. It is yet another order for the Solaris company for the supply of zero-emission buses to this city. The model selected by public transport operator MZK in Ostrów Wielkopolski is also the winner of the prestigious “Bus of the year 2017” title. The contract value amounts to slightly over PLN 16 million.
Four electric Solaris buses have been riding on the streets of Ostrów Wielkopolski since 2017. Pursuant to the newly signed contract, they will be joined by six new Solaris Urbino 12 electric vehicles next year. From the moment the contract was signed, Solaris has 365 days to complete the order.
The Solaris Urbino 12 electric ordered will be fitted with a 160 kW traction motor. The vehicles are to be propelled with energy derived from 200 kWh Solaris High Energy batteries alone. They will allow for charging by plug-in and via a roof-mounted pantograph. Together with the electric buses, Solaris will deliver three chargers to the city carrier.
Each of the six ordered zero-emission Urbino 12 electric buses holds a total of 28 seats and room for 49 passengers standing.
The comprehensive equipment of the electric buses for Ostrów Wielkopolski will encompass an air conditioning system covering the whole vehicle, and a passenger information system, among others. The passengers will find six double USB charger ports at their disposal; these enable the recharging of electronic equipment during a bus ride. An additional solution the carrier has opted for is placing a defibrillator on board of the vehicle. The access to such medical equipment in public space will considerably raise the chances of success when saving the life of a person who has suffered from a sudden cardiac arrest.
Solaris has been cooperating with MZK Ostrów Wielkopolski since 2004. Since then, the operator from Ostrów Wielkopolski has received 31 buses from the factory in Bolechowo, including four electric ones (in 2017). The city is one of 16 Polish cities which use electric buses of the Solaris brand for municipal transport on regular routes.