Romanian City Reghin Orders 10 Hybrid Solaris Buses
Representatives of Solaris Bus & Coach have signed a contract with operator Municipiului Reghin for the supply of 10 Solaris Urbino 12
Representatives of Solaris Bus & Coach have signed a contract with operator Municipiului Reghin for the supply of 10 Solaris Urbino 12 hybrid buses. 12-metre vehicles will be delivered to the Romanian city of Reghin by the end of the first quarter of 2022. The total contract value amounts to about EUR 3.6 million. The contract stipulates that all vehicles will be delivered to operator Municipiului Reghin by the end of the first quarter of 2022. The ordered Solaris buses heading for Romania will feature a serial hybrid drive consisting of a 120 kW traction motor and a 151 kW diesel engine, which meets the stringent Euro 6 emissions standards. One of the chief features of the drive is its capability to recover kinetic energy during braking. Later, it is converted into electricity and stored in supercapacitors, i.e. energy storage devices.
The vehicles will also be equipped with a Stop & Go feature that controls the operation of the engine. Thanks to this system, the diesel engine turns off completely when the bus comes to a rest at bus stops and the doors open and it turns on again only after the supercapacitors run out of power. This allows it to significantly cut fuel consumption and pollutant emissions compared to conventionally driven vehicles.
Each ordered bus can carry up to 90 passengers, including 27 people seated. The vehicle door layout is 2-2-2. Travel comfort will be ensured by heating and air conditioning systems in the passenger compartment and the driver’s cabin as well as destination blinds. Drivers will also benefit from dual USB ports to recharge their electronic devices en route. Passenger comfort will be further enhanced by a voice announcement system. In addition, Solaris will equip its vehicles with a whole range of solutions to increase the safety of passengers and drivers, for example with interior and external CCTV cameras and an additional reversing camera.
The 12-metre vehicles will also boast solutions to additionally enhance the safety of passengers and drivers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Romanian customer opted, among other things, for closed cabins that limit the driver’s contact with passengers, thus minimising their risk of infection. What is more, the vehicles will be furnished with a passenger counting system with sensors located at each door, which will allow the operator to gather data on the number of people using particular routes.