Berlin’s public transit operator BVG has ordered fifteen 12-meter electric buses from Solaris, which will arrive in the capital of Germany in 2019.
The vehicles ordered by BVG are the same Solaris Urbino 12 electric which won the 2017 “Bus of the Year” award. There are already 5 electric buses from Solaris in operation on the streets of Berlin.
The battery buses for Berlin will be powered by axles with integrated traction motors. The energy will be stored in a set of Solaris High Energy type batteries with a total capacity of 240 kWh, and its replenishment will be carried out through a plug-in socket, which is the standard solution for Solaris electric buses.
In buses for Berlin there will be, among others features, a passenger compartment air conditioning installed. 10 double USB sockets which allow to charge mobile devices while traveling will make another convenience for the passengers.
The vehicles can accommodate a maximum of 65 passengers, 28 of them seated. Eight seats will be available from the low floor, making it easier for people with reduced mobility to take their seats.
Right now there are 27 Solaris electric buses in total operating the streets of German cities, including Brunswick, Hannover, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Dresden.