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Exceptionally quiet, emission-free, distinguished by its modern design and guaranteeing low operation costs - discover the benefits of the Solaris Urbino electric. The first version was designed and built on the basis of the Solaris Alpino 8.9 LE low-entry midibus. The fully low-floor twelve-metre version uses the well-proven Solaris Urbino 12 as a basis, while its drive technology already benefits from experience gained during tests of the shorter model. Solaris offers also articulated electric buses: Urbino 18 electric and Urbino 18.75 electric.
While a member of the Urbino family, the Solaris Urbino electric differs from its combustion-engined counterparts in several features beyond the drive technology, ranging from its attractive exterior and interior styling to a series of innovative and cuttingedge design solutions.
The configuration of the drive technology of the Urbino electric, can be exactly matched to their operators’ requirements. This is made possible by the flexible design of the system’s components, which allows them to be selected and scaled according to the demands of the routes the buses will be used on. Based on a route profile supplied by the operator, Solaris’s engineers determine the right choice of technology. Engine power rating, size and capacity of batteries as well as different charging solutions can all be specified. The result is an Urbino electric that is perfectly suited to the expectations of its operator, tailored to its route profile and offers huge operational possibilities. Additionally, the careful selection of components and parametres reduces the purchase cost of the vehicle by cutting out on surplus features not required by a particular operator.
At the heart of the drive system of the Urbino electric are a fourpole, asynchronous traction motor and lithium-ion batteries. Their power and capacity can be adapted to the route on which the bus is to be used. The batteries are not only the source of energy for the motor, but they also feed all auxiliary systems, including air-conditioning and heating, steering pump and the electrically-powered doors. Components conventionally fed by compressors powered by the diesel engine have been replaced with electric counterparts. These innovations, along with the choice of charging solutions, enable an operational performance that can be equal to that of conventionally powered buses, but at lower operating costs. Additionally, Solaris’s electric bus is a gain for the environment and significantly contributes to better air quality and living standards in our cities.
Solaris offers four different charging solutions for the Urbino electric. These allow the bus to be adapted to the infrastructure that operators have or may install. The first solution is a plug-in connection. Energy can be supplied through external chargers. Secondly, inductive charging is available for Solaris Urbino electric buses. Under the bus, a dedicated pick-up coil is fitted, which receives energy from inductive coils mounted under the surface of the road at termini or bus stops along the route.
Like inductive charging, Solaris’s next solution is an automatic system that does not require drivers to leave their cab. This is a roof-mounted solution, which automatically connects to charging stations at the end of the line or at bus stops. After a short but powerful recharge, the batteries will be sufficiently topped up for the bus to continue to the next charging point, thus enabling all-day operation without range restrictions.
Fourth charging system is fuell cells. The batteries remain the main energy provider to the drive system and are charged by the fuel cells during operation. It makes the electric bus similarly efficient as diesel buses. Battery charging cycles are pre-programmed. The bus is fuelled with hydrogen once a day in the depot. It is ready to cover 300 km per day.
The parameters and solutions adopted in the construction of the Urbino electric are a combination of state-of-the-art technology and design that pay particular attention to the environment. The bus is fitted with energy-saving LED lights. This technology has been used both for exterior and interior lighting. In the Solaris Urbino electric, driver have a dashboard equipped with touch-screen panels at their disposal, which in addition to the basic parameters display information about the state of the electric system and the battery charge level. Integrated into the touch screens are controls for the heating and other vehicle functions. This intuitive and easy-to-use system allows drivers to concentrate on driving without distractions.