Estonia’s largest public transport operator, Aktsiaselts Tallinna Linnatransport (TLT), which provides transport services in the Estonian capital, has ordered 20 Urbino 12 and 30 Urbino 18 CNG buses from Solaris. Tallinn has thus decided to exercise the option provided in the contract concluded in July 2021, under which 100 Solaris NGVs had already been purchased. Deliveries are scheduled for September 2022, and once they have been completed, a total of 350 natural gas-powered Solaris buses will be running along the streets of Tallinn.
“Of course, it is in our common interest that public transport in Tallinn would be environmentally friendly, comfortable, and safe. Therefore, two years ago we decided to invest in gas buses and two years later the TLT bus fleet was replenished with 350 ecological buses. We will be able to reduce CO2 emissions by 25,000 tons per year, which is comparable to the annual CO2 emissions of 7,000 passenger cars with internal combustion engines. This is especially significant because in 2023 Tallinn will become the Green Capital of Europe,” said the Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Andrey Novikov.
“By acquiring another 50 Solaris gas buses under the option agreement, we will achieve our goal of 70% renewal of the bus fleet. By the end of this year, we will replace old-generation buses with new, environmentally friendly, and modern vehicles that meet the expectations of passengers and are also convenient for people with disabilities. This is especially important for us because this May marks the 100th anniversary of TLT, and the new environmentally-friendly buses will mark the beginning of a new history of public transport, which is especially relevant in the context of the green capital of Europe,” said Deniss Boroditš, Chairman of the Board of TLT.
If we count all the orders executed so far, the gas fleet in Tallinn will comprise 350 environmentally friendly Solaris buses, including 195 12-meter and 155 articulated buses.
“First of all, I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to TLT on these impressive 100 years! This is an amazing anniversary and I am extremely pleased that in this special year our company can contribute to TLT reaching its ambitious goal of boosting Tallinn’s public transport with as many as 350 gas buses. I would like to congratulate on this huge and bold investment in the modern and environmentally friendly urban transport. It shows a great deal of trust towards us for which I thank you profusely”, said Petros Spinaris, Solaris Bus & Coach Board Member responsible for Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.
The newly ordered vehicles, regardless of their length, will be equipped with a 235 kW engine adapted to use CNG as fuel. An additional cold start function will facilitate starting the engine at very low temperatures. CNG storage tanks will be placed on the roof in the front part of the bus. In the 12-meter buses, the tanks will have a total capacity of 1,575 liters, whereas in articulated buses they will boast 1875 liters.