MZA orders 130 electric Solaris artics

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Miejskie Zakłady Autobusowe w Warszawie (MZA) in Warsaw is acquiring 130 electric Solaris artics at a cost of nearly PLN400m. They will be delivered to the capital of Poland in 2020.

SolarisSolaris says this is the biggest tender of its kind in Europe. Solaris electric buses have been ordered so far by 60 cities in 17 countries, and have already traversed over 14m km since 2011.

“Solaris takes huge pride in winning such a large tender for the delivery of electric buses,” Javier Calleja, CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. “We have been consistently pursuing our strategy, grounded in the development of zero-emission vehicles, for many years now. Thanks to the huge order of MZA we are able to solidify our position as European leader of electromobility. However, what makes us glad above all else is that our company, which pays great attention to the development of sustainable transport, contributes to the improvement of the life comfort of the residents of Warsaw.”

“Our project to purchase 130 electric articulated buses, supported by European funds, is one of the largest e-mobility investments in Europe,” said Jan Kuźmiński, CEO of Miejskie Zakłady Autobusowe Sp. z o.o. “We are glad that we are one of the leaders in the implementation of environmentally friendly solutions for transport. According to our plans, in two years’ time, we will have a fleet of nearly 400 zero and low-emission buses. MZA ecological buses are a sign of hope for clean air in the capital.”

The 130 articulated electric Urbinos for MZA will be fitted with Solaris High Power batteries with a capacity of 150kWh, for which the producer grants a seven-year warranty, as per requirement of the awarding authority. The electric power in those batteries will be recharged by means of depot charging stations of the plug-in type and by means of pantographs. The bus will feature two charging sockets: one above the right wheel arch and the other placed behind the last door, whereas the pantograph will be mounted on the roof. Boasting over 400kW of power, the fast-charging stations will be deployed in various corners of the city. The setup of the infrastructure is the object of a separate call for tender.


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