Today MZA Warsaw, in Poland, signed a contract for the purchase of 130 electric articulated buses Solaris Urbino 18 Electric. The news is reported on the Polish magazine InfoBus.
The order will allow Warsaw to eliminate diesel powered buses from the so called “Royal route”, in the center of the Polish capital city. Recently, Solaris won a tender for up to 250 electric buses in Milan (Italy).
The contract for 130 electric buses for Warsaw is one of the largest so far in Europe. Delivery will begin within one year. The buses will be equipped with air conditioning system, passenger information system and usb ports sockets. The investment is of PLN 399 590 100.00 (some 94 million euros), and is co-finance with around 42 million euros of European funds. Polish company Ekoenergetyka will be responsible of the charging infrastructure, that includes 20 fast rapid charging stations in 9 locations, still according to the news on InfoBus.
To date in Warsaw there are over 215 zero- and low-emission buses. That’s 31 electric vehicles, 70 hybrid vehicles and 115 gas vehicles (with 54 Solaris CNG powered buses to come).