6 Solaris Electric Buses for VBL Luzem in Switzerland
Solaris has signed a framework agreement with a purchasing group made up of four Swiss cities: Zug (Zugerland Verkehrsbetriebe AG), Lucerne (Verkehrsbetriebe Luzern AG), Schwyz (Auto AG Schwyz) and Thun (STI Bus AG), pursuant to which the operators VBL in Lucerne and ZVB in Zug commissioned three zero-emission Urbino 12 electric each. The six e-buses will be delivered to Switzerland in October 2021. The vehicles will be deployed in Lucerne, a city located on the western shore of Lake Lucerne, and in Zug, which lies on the eastern shore of Lake Zug. This is one of the most picturesque and most popular tourist areas in Switzerland.
The drive unit of the Solaris Urbino 12 electric will consist of an electric axle with two integrated motors. All of the commissioned buses will feature state-of-the-art Solaris High Energy batteries with a total capacity of nearly 400 kWh which makes it possible for the buses to cover long distances without having to stop around the city to recharge. The e-buses will be recharged at depots, using stationary charging devices. The thermal comfort of passengers will be ensured by means of a modern air conditioning unit with a heat pump.
The operator VBL in Lucerne has also chosen a solution that improves the safety of the driver who will benefit from working in a half-closed driver cabin. That design will not only raise the work comfort of the driver but also ensure separate ventilation and air-conditioning, thus minimising the possibility of air from the passenger compartment circulating in the driver’s space, which is extremely important during the pandemic. The bus shall also feature a vehicle monitoring system.
Solaris is the first manufacturer whose electric buses were tested in Switzerland. A Solaris Urbino 8,9 LE electric carried passengers in Lucerne all the way back in October 2012. The zero- or low-emission vehicles of Solaris are already deployed in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Lenzburg and Winterthur. St. Gallen was the first recipient of an electric Solaris Urbino 8,9 LE in Switzerland.