Friday, 25 December 2015
Solaris Urbino 12 Tested in Paris
As part of the project to make the whole of the bus fleet in Paris emission-free by 2025, RATP recently commenced operation of the new Solaris Urbino 12 electric bus, which will be tested in the city for two months.
The Solaris electric bus being tested in Paris is based on a new Urbino construction which is of a completely new engineering design. Despite being lighter, it is more robust while being made from the same non-corrosive materials as before.
The vehicle is equipped with a 240 kWh battery and a plug-in charging system. Solaris in co-operation with Ekoenergetyka will provide the operator with an 80kW external charging station.
According to Solaris, a further innovative solution is the use of the newest ZF AVE 130 drive axle, in which two independent electric motors are mounted close to the wheels. It brings down the overall weight even further and at the same time increases the space inside the bus that can be configured freely. Along with the Medcom traction equipment, the axle ensures an exquisitely quiet drive as well as smooth acceleration and braking.