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Milan opts for Solaris to supply electric buses

Posted on 16 Aug 2019 and read 1018 times
Milan opts for Solaris to supply electric busesThe Italian transport operator ATM Milano plans to remove all diesel buses from the city by 2030; and as the first major step towards achieving this, the company launched a call for tenders for the supply of up to 250 electric buses for Milan a few months ago.

The contract, which was awarded to the Polish company Solaris (a member of the CAF Group) and its Urbino electric bus, consists of a framework agreement worth about 192 million euros; the delivery of the first batch (comprising
40 buses) is expected to start in June 2020.

The Urbino 12 electric city bus — Solaris’s flagship product — is already in operation in many cities in 17 European countries.

Moreover, also won what is commonly regarded as the most prestigious award in the bus industry — ‘Bus of the Year 2017’.

It is a 12m-long electric bus equipped with Solaris high-energy batteries with a total capacity exceeding 240kWh.

The batteries can be charged via a pantograph system and via a plug-in connection at the bus depot.

The CAF Group (www.caf.net) completed the acquisition of Solaris in September 2018.

With a turnover of more than 450 million euros in 2018, Solaris delivered 1,226 vehicles last year, including conventional models (diesel and CNG) and e-mobility vehicles.

The company offers a wide range of public-transport solutions, including hybrid buses, trolley-buses, full-battery buses and vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells.