Solaris has been awarded an order for 14 bi-articulated Urbino 24 electric buses by Tide Bus Danmark in the city of Aalborg. These 24-metre vehicles are specially designed for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes, and represent an unprecedented order in terms of both the length of the vehicles and the choice of the MetroStyle design.
“We were very glad to hear that Denmark would be the first country ever to receive delivery of electric Urbino 24 MetroStyle buses. This is a bus with a high passenger capacity and unique design that perfectly suits the character of modern cities. I am convinced that our collaboration with Tide Bus Danmark will open up a new chapter in our activities and support sustainable urban transport,” said Petros Spinaris, Member of the Management Board for Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.
The drivetrain of the 24-metre electric buses will consist of two traction motors with a total capacity of 240kW, driving two axles. The Solaris High Energy battery pack, with a total capacity of over 700kWh, will be charged via a plug-in charging system.
Each of the 14 e-buses will be fitted with automatic driver assistance systems including MirrorEye, a system of cameras that replaces the rear- and side-view mirrors and ensures optimal visibility. Additionally, the system reduces the total width of the bus, which is particularly useful on narrow streets or with increased road traffic. The Mobileye Shield+ system will also allow risks related to the vehicle’s blind spot to be eliminated. Using cameras placed on both sides of the bus, the driver receives warnings of pedestrians and cyclists located nearby. In order to improve fleet management, the buses will be equipped with eSConnect, a comprehensive diagnostics suite, to enhance operational efficiency and facilitate maintenance.
The 24-metre vehicle was presented to the public for the first time at Busworld Europe 2019 in Brussels, and the design forms a platform for the future production of not only 24-metre vehicles with an electric or hybrid drive but also for trolleybuses in the Urbino range.