by Jack Rosebro
|The Hybrid Urbino.|
At this year’s Internationale Automobile-Ausstellung (IAA) commercial vehicle show, Polish bus manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach Company confirmed that the first purchasers of the hybrid version of their 18-meter (60 foot) articulated Urbino bus, which uses GM’s Allison two-mode EDrive system, are the German municipalities of Dresden and Leipzig.
Solaris built a hybridized prototype of the Urbino in just four months. More announcements are expected soon.
Solaris was not the only company to display a hybridized 18-meter bus at IAA. Dutch company APTS was also in attendance with their guided-system Phileas bus.
The Solaris and APTS buses represent the first European implementation of Allison’s two-mode hybrid powertrain (earlier post).