Berlin’s public transport operator BVG, one of the largest operators in Europe, has ordered 20 electric buses from Solaris between 2015 and 2018, all of a standard 12-meter length.
At the end of the second quarter of 2020 they will be joined by 15 articulated Solaris Urbino 18 electrics. Those will be the first articulated electric buses in the capital of Germany.
The energy charging will take place in selected places of the city through the inverted pantograph (lowered from the charging station to the roof of the vehicle) and on the depot, via a plug-in connection.
The vehicles will be equipped with Solaris High Power batteries with a total capacity of 174 kWh. The drive unit will be made of an axle with integrated electric motors. The lighting of the bus both inside and outside will be made using LED technology. The operator decided to order electric heating for the vehicles, and the air conditioning will be equipped with a heat pump.
The Polish manufacturer has already supplied more than 300 of its vehicles to Berlin since 2000, including 5 electric ones. Another 15 Solaris Urbino 12 electric will join the BVG fleet later this year. In 2020, 15 articulated Solaris Urbino 18 electric will be delivered.
The number of electric Solaris buses supplied or ordered by German customers is already reaching 100. They transport residents in: Berlin, Braunschweig, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Fürth, Hamburg, Hannover, Lahr, Nürnberg and Oberhausen.