The city of Bielsko-Biała in southern Poland will soon be home to 26 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered Solaris Urbino 12 buses following an order placed by fleet operator PKS Bielsko-Biała SA. It is the second-biggest order for CNG-fuelled vehicles secured by Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. in Poland.
The total value of the contract signed with PKS Bielsko-Biała amounts to 32 million PLN (USD 8.157m). The vehicles are being to the carrier in two batches. The first 13 buses will be released to the customer within 11 months from the contract signing, that is, by June next year. The final deadline for the whole order is December 2020.
Adjusted to servicing this type of driveline, with a power of 239 kW, the 8.8 litre CNG engines meet the rigorous European emission norm Euro VI. Each of the 26 vehicles will ensure a comfortable ride for up to 90 passengers, including 32 seated ones. Access to the bus will be possible through two entries set apart in a 2-2-0 door layout.
By the end of the year, Solaris is also to supply 54 Solaris Urbino 18 CNG buses to Warsaw.
CNG buses have been produced in the Bolechowo-based factory since 2004. Over the course of 15 years, customers have received over 1100 vehicles with a CNG drive. Environmental-friendly Solaris vehicles are part of the vehicle fleets of urban and regional transport operators in, among others: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Israel, Lithuania, Slovakia, Germany, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Sweden and Italy.