Craków Receives Solaris Electric Buses
Solaris Bus & Coach has started to execute a contract signed in May last year for the supply of 50 Urbino 18 electric buses for Cracow. The manufacturer has already delivered the first articulated e-buses units and they will operate on bus line no 179. These new e-buses have joined a fleet of 394 Solaris buses, including 28 e-buses, some of which rolled out onto the streets of Cracow back in 2016.
Together with the ordered vehicles, Solaris has delivered 50 plug-in charging devices to the municipal carrier. The construction of each bus will also allow for slow charging by means of a pantograph. This is a novel solution that aims to use the bus depot area in the most efficient way possible. It will also be possible to recharge buses via a fast charging pantograph. Charging stations of that type are already available at the Wola Duchacka and Podgórze bus depots, close to the bus terminus at Pawia street and at the Dworzec Główny Wschód (Main Railway Station East), os. Podwawelskie, Biały Prądnik, and Nowy Bieżanów bus termini.
The energy storage system in the new buses will consist of Solaris High Energy batteries with a total capacity of over 300 kWh. The model ordered by the carrier will provide space for 141 passengers, including 43 people seated. Additional equipment will include a complete video surveillance system, a comprehensive passenger information system, air-conditioning, USB ports and an electrical heating system.
Right after their handover, the new buses were assigned to service line no. 179 (Os. Kurdwanów – Dworzec Główny Zachód (Main Railway Station West)), running along the three bards’ avenues (Juliusz Słowacki Avenue, Adam Mickiewicz Avenue, and Zygmunt Krasiński Avenue), i. e. in a region of the city where air pollution limits are exceeded the most.
Cracow operator MPK was granted ca. 110 million zloties in funding from the EU, under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment for the years 2014-2020, for the purchase of the vehicles.