Solaris is one of the two potential manufacturers to deliver up to 430 hybrid buses for Opérateur de Transport de Wallonie. The carrier, from the French-speaking part of Belgium, may exercise the option to order buses over the next four years. The Solaris Urbino 12 hybrid bus, with a diesel-electric, serial hybrid drive, is one of two models shortlisted as part of the tender held by public transport operator OTW in Belgium.
In total, it concerns 430 hybrid buses measuring 12 metres in length. Some of them will feature typical urban solutions and three doors, while others will have two entrances and an equipment variant tailored to suburban routes. Before the final order is placed, OTW will review its two potential contractors with regard to the vehicles’ operation costs and delivery periods. The total cost of the new fleet over the course of the next four years, as planned by OTW, is over EUR 150 million.