18-m 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.
In total, 16 articulated Solaris Urbino 18 electrics 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 short break at the end of every route.
This is not the first order for Solaris from Romania, as previously the city of Cluj-Napoca received 41 Urbino 12 electrics.
Solaris has already sold (delivered or received orders) for pproximately 1,000 battery-electric buses in 18 countries, making 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 15m Urbino electric.