Paris trials new-generation electric bus

7 December 2015  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Parisian transport operator RATP (Régie autonome des transports Parisiens) trials the new-generation Solaris Urbino 12 electric bus assisting its goal for an emission free fleet by 2025.

Paris trials new-generation electric bus

The Solaris Urbino 12 electric bus will begin tests on regular RATP passenger services on lines 21 and 147 of the French capital. The trial is expected to run for approximately two months. The Parisian operator’s objective, supported by Greater Paris transport authority STIF, is to abandon traditional diesel powered engines replacing them with a zero-emission fleet by 2025. It is hoped a successful trial will help RATP achieve its goal.

“Our new battery bus will show its best side on the Parisian streets”

Commenting on the electric bus trial, Dr. Andreas Strecker, CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach, said: “The cooperation with RATP, including the test rides of the new Urbino 12 electric, is undoubtedly a challenge. Our new battery bus will show its best side on the Parisian streets. The new Urbino is a vehicle fitted with plenty of innovative developments such as a third generation electric axle and a new, lighter bodyframe. Its pleasant and comfortable interior, not to mention its extraordinary design, will surely make a good impression.”

Paris trials new-generation electric bus

The Paris Solaris electric bus is based on the manufacturers Urbino construction which celebrated its world premiere in Hannover at IAA exhibition in September 2014. According to Solaris, the vehicle is equipped with a 240 kWh battery and a plug-in charging system. Solaris in co-operation with Ekoenergetyka will provide the operator with external charging station with a power of 80 kW.

The bus accommodates 30 seats, including 16 pedestal-free seats. Energy-efficient LED lighting is used both inside the bus as well as for all exterior lamps. Drivers can find an ergonomic cab, with a higher seating position that improves interaction with boarding passengers. Despite being lighter, the vehicle is more robust while being made from the same noncorrosive materials as before in previous models.

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