Solaris is to supply üstra (Hanover’s municipal operator) with thee electric Urbino 12s that fast charge through roof-mounted Schunk pantographs. Due by the end of 2015, the buses will operate on routes 100 and 200 connecting the sights of the capital of Lower Saxony.
Each vehicle will be fitted with a ZF AVE 130 electric drive and axle-mounted motors. Batteries mounted in the rear of the vehicles will deliver 120kWh.
The charging system allows non-stop operation on the planned routes without returning to the depot. A single charge will take only four to six minutes and will be enough for bus to run until it reaches the next charging point. There is also a traditional 32 kW overnight charging device, which uses a plug connection installed in the bus.
üstra already runs 29 Solaris hybrid buses and holds options for a further 24. Furthermore, the city’s fleet includes 52 diesel-powered Solaris Urbino 12s.
Solaris electric bus has been purchased by Braunschweig, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Oberhausen.