Arriva, one of Europe’s leading passenger transport providers, has ordered 54 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) -fuelled Solaris Urbino 18 buses. The vehicles will transport Warsaw residents on a daily basis, after the carrier won the public tender for operating selected bus lines in the capital of Poland.
At the end of 2018 Arriva secured an eight-year contract, worth €32m, to deliver public transportation to Warsaw citizens, adding six new routes to its existing bus network.
All 54 buses will be delivered to Arriva this year. Even though there are already 1500 vehicles of the Solaris brand cruising around Warsaw, this will mark the producer’s first time supplying gas-fuelled buses to the capital of Poland.
The articulated Urbino 18 CNG will feature a range of green solutions ensuring a reduction of pollutant emissions into the atmosphere. The buses will be fed with compressed natural gas stored in roof-mounted tanks boasting a total volume of 1700 litres. The commissioned models will feature 8.9 litre Cummins engines with a power output of 293 kW, meeting the highly restrictive Euro 6 emission standard.
The noise emission of the gas-fuelled Solaris buses will be lower than that of diesel models, which, in combination with an air conditioning system covering the whole vehicle, will significantly increase travel comfort. There will be 39 seats onboard of each of the buses.
CNG buses are the most common alternative drive types in use in Poland. According to the authors of the report of the Polish Congress of Alternative Fuels, replacing part of the diesel bus fleet with CNG fuelled vehicles can contribute to the reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 50%, and of carbon dioxide by up to 20%.
Solaris has been producing CNG buses since 2004. So far, over 1100 vehicles of that type have rolled out of the factory near Poznań, having been dispatched to such countries as Norway, Sweden, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and France.
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