Polish municipal association orders 32 Solaris buses
The Polish municipal association Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia (GZM) has ordered 32 electric buses and associated charging infrastructure from Solaris. The 12 and 18 meter long electric Urbinos are to be used by operators in Gliwice, Katowice, Sosnowiec, Świerklaniec from 2023.
GZM has ordered a total of 27 Urbino 12 electric solo buses and five Urbino 18 electric articulated buses. The charging infrastructure foreseen in the contract consists of eleven pantograph chargers and 16 plug-in chargers. The vehicles ordered will be equipped with Solaris high-energy batteries with a total capacity of 250 kWh for the electric Urbino 12 and 400 kWh for the electric Urbino 18. Traction motors are integrated into the drive axle of both models. There is room for at least 80 passengers inside the Urbino 12 and at least 115 in the electric Urbino 18.
GZM is an association of 41 cities and municipalities, according to Wikipedia. According to the report, it has about 2.3 million inhabitants and is located on the border between the industrial region of Upper Silesia and the Dombrowa coalfield.
It was only at the end of January that Solaris was able to register its largest order to date, with a total value of around 100 million euros. Norwegian transport operator Unibuss has ordered 183 Solaris Urbino 18 articulated electric buses from the Polish bus manufacturer for use in Oslo. An agreement was already signed in the middle of the month. The new buses are expected to enter service in April 2023.