Milan goes for Solaris electrics

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ITALY Solaris has completed the delivery of 10 Solaris Urbino electrics to Milan and operator ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi) has already used an option to order a further 15, which are scheduled for delivery by the end of the year.

The number of Solaris electrics delivered to customers in Italy this year has reached 22, as 12 have already gone to Bergamo.

“We already have nearly 150 buses in Milan,” said Alberto Fiore, Managing Director of Solaris Italia S.r.l. “Another order placed is evidence of a customer’s trust in our brand. We are content that we can deliver the emission-free, state-of-the-art vehicles.”

The Urbino electric for Milano are driven by electric axles with integrated 125kW traction motors. The energy is stored in high energy battery packs with a total capacity of 240kWh which can be recharged via an on-board, 70kW charger.

The buses seat 26 passengers with 14 of them in the low floor area of the vehicle. Air-conditioning has also been specified, as has a Fire Trace fire extinguishing System. Nine CCTV cameras are also installed, as is a passenger counting system.

Solaris has delivered more than 900 buses to Italian customers including a one-off contract to supply 360 InterUrbinos to Cotral, an operator based in the Lazio region.