Urbinos destined for Paris

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Representatives of Solaris Bus & Coach and Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) have signed a contract for the supply of the Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE electric to Paris. Under the contract option, the public transport operator reserved the option to extend the contract to a value of €10 million, which could see the delivery of more than a dozen additional zero-emission buses.

The RATP contract, which starts with an Urbino 8.9 LE, could be worth €10m for Solaris. SOLARIS

The vehicle ordered by RATP will be equipped with a 160kW central electric engine with the energy needed to drive it stored in 160kWh high energy batteries. A plug-in connection, through which the bus will connect to an external stationary charger, will be used to top up the charge.

The bus will be able to carry over 50 people and the interiors will be equipped with air-conditioning, Passenger Information System, and video monitoring system as well as a fire detection and extinguishing system. Both inside and on the external elements of the vehicle there will be an anti-graffiti coating used, protecting against acts of vandalism.

The order signed is another that the Polish manufacturer has secured with the Paris operator in recent months. At the end of last year, RATP ordered 18 gas-powered Urbino 18 CNG buses, deliveries of which will soon begin.

Solaris vehicles have been present in France since 2003. Since then, the company has delivered nearly 550 buses to the country, of which over 100 went to the Île-de-France region. The ecology-focused capital of France at the beginning of 2016 also tested a battery product from the Polish manufacturer – an Urbino 12 electric.


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