Solaris has said it is solidifying its position in the Romanian public transport market.
For, the company has been awarded a huge order for 123 out of 131 e-buses. The order was given in a government tender run by the Romanian Ministry for Public Works, Development, and Administration (Ministerul Lucrărilor Publice, Dezvoltării Și Administrației).
Seven local towns and cities will be the beneficiaries of the contract, the total value of which is nearly €65 million.
Out of the tender for 131 modern, zero-emission e-buses, Solaris has been awarded an order for 123 12-metre vehicles destined for six locations: Iași, Sighetu Marmației, Suceava, Sibiu, Târgu Mureș and Pitești.
Though the detailed delivery schedules vary for different locations, all orders are to be completed by the end of 2022.
Petros Spinaris, member of the Management Board of Solaris Bus & Coach sp. z o.o. for Sales, Marketing and Customer Service, said, “We were very glad to hear the results of the tender announced by the Ministry for Public Works, Development, and Administration in Romania.”
Spinaris added: “Seeing more and more municipalities take such far-sighted and eco-friendly decisions to extend their fleets via the addition of modern, zero-emission buses, is great news not only for us, but also for future generations”.
All Urbino 12 electric buses will be designed for both pantograph and plug-in recharging. Along with the vehicles, Solaris will deliver the infrastructure for slow- and fast-charging to every location.
This will include a total of 123 40 kW plug-in chargers and 36 300 kW pantograph chargers. The zero-emission, modern vehicles will be air-conditioned and equipped with a comprehensive passenger information system, tailored to the individual requirements and needs of every city.
Biggest for e-buses
Launched by Romania, this tender is one of the biggest for e-buses in Europe. It may be recalled that over the last few years Solaris has carried out contracts for the delivery of 130 articulated Solaris Urbino 18 buses for Warsaw operator MZA Warszawa, 90 Urbino 12 electric buses for Berlin-based operator Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, and 40 Urbino 12 electrics for Italian carrier ATM Milano.
Already very well-known in Romania, Solaris’ partnership with the country began in 2002. Since then, Solaris has supplied Romanian carriers with over 300 vehicles, including environmentally neutral trolleybuses, over 100 zero-emission and over 40 Urbino 12 electric buses.
More vehicles for Romanian cities and towns, including 25 Trollino 18s for Brașov and 11 Trollino 12s for Târgu Jiu are currently being produced.
(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)
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