Kraków orders Solaris

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POLAND Solaris Bus & Coach has won a tender from Kraków City Transport for 60 Urbino 12s in a contract valued at €17 million. Delivery is scheduled for June 2016.

Compared with the previous version, the new Urbino has more pedestal-free seats and also offers a more spacious interior. Three USB charging points have been specified. In the ergonomic driving area, the driver’s seat has been raised by 5cm to provide better visibility. The distinct and modern look of the new Urbino has been awarded among others with the prestigious German iF Design Award.

While the buses will have Euro 6 Paccar (DAF) engines, an important innovation is that they will also feature braking energy recuperation. The kinetic energy recovered during the braking process may be stored in supercapacitors and reused to supply electric equipment on the bus. This solution helps deliver better fuel efficiency.

“When ordering new buses, we have concentrated on the high comfort of the journey for our passengers,” said Rafa? ?wierczy?ski, CEO of Kraków City Transport. “We further expect the vehicles to meet the strictest environmental quality criteria.”

“Kraków is one of our most important customers not only in the Polish market, but all over Europe,” added Eberhard Wolters, member of the Solaris Bus & Coach executive board of directors for Marketing, Sales and After Sales. “We are very proud to supply it with such a large fleet of Solaris new-generation buses. We will make every effort to ensure the passengers and drivers are satisfied with the quality of the journey.”