18-meter long battery-electric buses to start service in mid-2021.
The city of Craiova in the south of Romania recently placed an order for its first all-electric buses. The choice fell on the articulated Solaris Urbino 18 electric.
In total, 16 units will be delivered by July 2021, which together with charging infrastructure (16 depot chargers and 4 pantograph charging stations) will cost €12 million ($13.1 million).
The high-power fast-charging pantograph station usually allows keeping the batteries at a high state of charge during the day, as the buses have to stop for a little break at the end of every route anyway.
It’s not the first order for Solaris from Romania, as previously the city of Cluj-Napoca received 41 Urbino 12 electric.
Solaris already sold (delivered or received orders) for about 1,000 battery-electric buses in 18 countries, which makes it one of the biggest suppliers in Europe.
The most popular model is the standard-size Urbino 12, but the company basically offers all types in both long-range and short-range/quick charging versions, depending on customers’ needs. One of the latest models is the tri-axle, Urbino 15 LE electric envisioned for intercity transport.
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