In 2019 in Tallinn, Solaris won a tender for the delivery of 60 Urbino 12 and 40 Urbino 18 articulated buses, all fueled by CNG. In accordance with the agreement, the Tallinn operator Linnatranspordi AS (TLT) have been receiving the vehicles in batches. 80 of them have been delivered so far, and the remaining 20 buses will be delivered by the end of this year.
Before the end of the deliveries TLT triggered an option provided for in the main contract and extended the order by another 100 vehicles. This time, the order will encompass 50 Solaris Urbino 12 CNG buses and 50 Solaris Urbino articulated CNG buses. The order is worth 28 million euros. These vehicles will be delivered in 2021.
Compared to the first batch of the contract, the 100 newly commissioned buses will be kitted out differently: this time the client has opted for closed driver’s cabins with a separate entrance. This is just one of the many solutions offered by the bus maker as part of “anti-coronavirus” package. The closed cabin limits the driver’s contact with passengers, thus minimizing their risk of infection.
Both in the 12-meter and the 18-meter versions, the heart of the vehicles will be a 239 kW engine adapted to use CNG. It will boast a cold start function that facilitates starting of the engine at very low outside temperatures. The driveline will be supplemented by an automatic transmission, ensuring optimal travel comfort for drivers and passengers.
The buses will feature, among others, efficient air conditioning for the whole vehicle and dual USB ports installed between the seats in each row. It will also be equipped with a passenger information system with external and internal voice announcement systems, as well as CCTV comprising interior cameras, a road-facing and a rear-view camera.