Solaris Bus & Coach and Dortmunder Stadtwerke AG, a public transport operator in Dortmund, have signed a contract for the delivery of 30 articulated Urbino 18 electric buses. They will be the first electric Solaris buses in the municipal carrier’s fleet. In previous years, the city welcomed 13 Solaris buses with conventional diesel engines. The innovative and completely zero-emission Urbino electric vehicles will come to Dortmund exactly 10 years after the last deliveries.The electric Solaris buses due to join the Dortmund fleet will stand out due to their innovative solutions. The carrier has taken steps to ensure the highest comfort and safety levels. The MobilEye Shield+ drivers’ assistance system will allow the blind spot to be eliminated. It detects pedestrians and cyclists moving close to the vehicle. This is particularly important during turns, when visibility can be impaired. What is more, the cutting-edge equipment in the interior will include, among other things, USB charging ports, a passenger information system and environmentally friendly LED lighting.The newly ordered, electrically-powered Solaris buses will not release any noxious emissions into the atmosphere, and moreover, they will ensure a high quality ride due to the engine’s quiet and smooth operation. Solaris High Energy batteries, with a total capacity of over 600 kWh, will be charged by means of a pantograph as well as using a conventional plug-in connection.Thermal comfort will be ensured by efficient and environmentally friendly air conditioning with a CO2 heat pump which uses heat from outside to reach the right ambient temperature inside the vehicle. This solution allows the energy efficiency of the vehicle to be raised, which translates to an extended driving range.