Solaris just added another electric bus to its growing portfolio. The new Urbino 9 LE electric is a 9 meter long low-entry bus designed for inner-city routes and intercity routes.
According to the manufacturer, “represents an excellent link between urban and suburban transport in metropolitan areas”.
For today’s first appearance of the newcomer, Solaris again opted for an online premiere in an interactive format. The manufacturer made it clear that the Urbino 9 LE electric has been designed exclusively for zero-emission propulsion and, together with the already presented Urbino 15 LE electric, represents the fourth generation of vehicles at Solaris.
As a particularly compact bus, the new model is expected to impress above all with its manoeuvrability and flexibility. The latter manifests itself, among other things, in the fact that the interior of the Urbino 9 LE electric can be adapted to the registration requirements of both vehicle class I and class II.
Solaris further states that the new model can accommodate all air-conditioning systems in its portfolio, including a heat pump air-conditioning system.
On-board safety and assistance systems include the so-called MirrorEye system, which replaces mirrors with cameras, and Blind Spot Assist (“Mobileye Shield+”). In addition, the Urbino 9 LE electric is designed for the integration of Solaris’ own fleet management system eSConnect.
According to Solaris the first orders have already been received for the delivery of a total of 17 examples of the 9-meter model. Eight Urbino 9 LE electric are to go to Bolzano in Italy, and a further nine have been ordered by the Polish cities of Żyrardów (6 units), Cieszyn (2) and Zawiercie (1).
The Urbino 8.9 LE electric, which is almost the same size, made its debut ten years ago, according to Solaris. The Polish company’s press release states that the new addition is intended to complement rather than replace it. It says that the range will be expanded by a “more versatile and flexible midibus designed exclusively for zero-emission propulsion”.