Polish bus maker Solaris starts delivery of electric buses to Berlin

Solaris Bus & Coach has started the delivery of 15, 12-metre-long electric buses ordered by a Berlin public transport operator, the company announced on Tuesday.

A contract for the delivery of 154 twelve-metre zero-emission Solaris Urbino electric buses was signed by Solaris and BVG in August 2018.

Berlin public transport operator BVG has recently also ordered a further 15 Urbino 18 articulated electric buses to be delivered by the end of the second quarter of 2020. The total value of the contract, including charging infrastructure, amounts to EUR 13.2 million.

Urbino 18 vehicles will be the first articulated buses in Berlin. Since 2000, Solaris has delivered five electric buses to Berlin, another batch of 15 Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses will join the BVG fleet later this year. Thus Berlin will soon become the German city with the highest number of electric vehicles produced by the Polish manufacturer.

Solaris Bus & Coach is Europe's leading manufacturer of public transport vehicles. So far it has produced over 17,000 vehicles. In early September 2018, the company, founded in 1996, was acquired by Spain's CAF.