Solaris supplies CNG and hybrid buses to Lithuania

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LITHUANIA: Two Lithuanian cities have chosen a total of 30 CNG Solaris buses to renew their fleets over coming months. Different technologies are used, with the new buses fuelled by biogas or built as diesel-electric hybrids. The orders were placed by operators in Kaunas and Panev?žys.

“These contracts confirm Solaris’s excellent expertise in eco-friendly buses,” explained Ma?gorzata Olszewska, director of global sales and marketing at Solaris.

“They demonstrate our offer is valued by our Lithuanian customers, who have come through challenging times and now are once again able to invest in innovative, sustainable public transport.”

In Kaunas, municipal operator Kauno Autobusai opted for biogas. The sustainably produced fuel will be used to power 24 Solaris Urbino 12 CNG. The buses enter service in Lithuania’s second-largest city toward the end of April 2012.

Panev?žio Autobus? Parkas operates in the northern city of Panev?žys and has ordered six diesel-electric Solaris Urbino 12 hybrids. They feature a parallel hybrid system supplied by Eaton which reduces fuel consumption and lowers emissions. They are the first hybrids to go into service in Lithuania.