Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. has secured yet another significant order for environmentally friendly, natural gas buses. Pursuant to the contract signed between the manufacturer and public transport operator Dopravní podnik Ostrava a.s., the Czech city of Ostrava will receive 37 state-of-the-art Solaris Urbino 18 CNG buses.
The 37 articulated buses shall be supplied within 12 months. The total value of the contract, covering also a five-year warranty period for the commissioned vehicles, settled at 13 million euro. The revamped and environmentally friendly fleet will help the carrier contribute markedly to the improvement of the life quality of Ostrava’s residents.
The heart of the new vehicles will be a 239 kW engine able of using natural gas. The engine will support the feature of cold start, meaning it facilitates ignition at very low external temperatures. The driveline will be supplemented by an automatic transmission ensuring optimal travel comfort for drivers and passengers. Five CNG tanks will be placed on the vehicle roof. Their total capacity will amount to 1,875 liters.
The modern buses commissioned by the Czech carrier will be able to carry 110 passengers at a time at the least. In spite of designating two spaces for wheelchairs and prams or pushchairs, Solaris has also managed to provide 42 seats, of which 17 are accessible from the low floor.
The residents of Ostrava are well acquainted with vehicles of the Polish manufacturer. Once the latest order is completed, the Czech city will have nearly 400 of these. A large majority of them is made up by ecological buses running on natural gas and zero-emission trolleybuses. What is more, it was on the order of the municipal operator Dopravní podnik Ostrava a.s that Solaris completed its biggest contract to-date for CNG vehicles, by supplying 90 12-meter and 15 articulated buses to Ostrava in 2015.