A new order for Solaris electric buses has been placed by MPK Poznań. After 21 Urbino ebuses delivered between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, the Polish operator has commissioned another batch of 37 units. This time the order includes 31 vehicles in a 12-meter length and 6 articulated.  Deliveries will start in autumn 2021. 

All the vehicles will be equipped with Solaris High Power batteries designed for fast charging. The Urbino 12 vehicles will feature four packs with a capacity of over 120 kWh, whereas the articulated units will be fitted with six packs boasting a capacity of over 180 kWh. Throughout the day the batteries will be recharged through a fast pantograph charger located at the bus terminals, where additional chargers will be set up in the future. 

The driveline of the Urbino electric will consist of an electric axle with two integrated motors boasting a power of 125 kW each. “As a novelty”, points out the manufacturer, “the bus will be fitted with a traction inverter produced in the innovative SiC technology, i.e. using silicon carbide, which will allow to reduce the energy consumption in the bus. “

The air-conditioned buses will be monitored by a system of indoor cameras and, for the first time in buses for Poznań, also, of outdoor cameras monitoring the right side of the bus and the pantograph. For the passengers’ comfort there will be a comprehensive passenger information system available on board consisting of readable modern destination displays, interior displays, a voice announcement system and screens displaying information generated by the operator. In addition to the dedicated room for wheelchairs, the buses will also feature space for bicycles and USB charging ports as well as external door lighting. 

“We are currently preparing the Strategy for the Development of Electromobility for the City of Poznań by 2035”, stated Jacek Jaśkowiak, Mayor of the City of Poznań. “The main goal of the program is to support the development of the broadly defined electromobility policy and sustainable development of transport and mobility in Poznan”.

Solaris Urbino Electric x MPK Poznan 2020-2
Solaris Urbino Electric x MPK Poznan 2020