Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. has just signed another contract for the supply of Urbino 12 electric buses to the Romanian city of Cluj Napoca. Having ordered 41 buses in total, Cluj Napoca will become the city with the highest number of Solaris Urbino electrics in Europe.
Even though the agreement stipulated deliveries over the next three years, the city decided to have orders completed in slightly more than a year after all. The first 11 electric Solaris buses where delivered to the customer in spring this year. Another 12 buses will make it to Cluj Napoca by the end of 2018. The last batch with 18 freshly ordered vehicles is to leave Bolechowo nine months after contract signing.
The bus purchase was partly financed by the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Program. CTP Transport Company has been named operator. The contract is worth nearly PLN 90 million (US$24.3 million). The execution of the latest commission will make Cluj Napoca the biggest customer of Solaris in terms of orders for environmentally friendly electric buses. The biggest one-off deliveries of Urbino electric buses yet went to Cracow and Jaworzno (26 and 23 vehicles, respectively). CTP Cluj Napoca will also become the operator with the largest fleet of Solaris vehicles in all of Romania.
The 12-meter Urbino electric for the Romanian carrier will be equipped with a 160 kW central motor and traction batteries of the Solaris High Energy type with a capacity of 200 kWh. Adding electric buses to the operator’s fleet meant for the city investments in charging facilities, too. Eleven slow-charging and three fast-charging stations using pantographs (each bus is fitted with a pantograph mounted on the bus roof above the second axle) have been set up in the city in the past year.
The buses can carry up to 78 passengers, including 27 sitting on seats of which 10 are accessible from the low floor.