The public bus operator in the City of Madrid EMT has commissioned 60 electric buses of Solaris. Madrid bets on High Energy batteries and pantograph charging which will ensure high operability in all kinds of conditions. The silent and emission-free Urbino 12 electric buses are flagship vehicles of the manufacturer. Contract value is over 30 million EUR.The electric Solaris vehicles the Madrid operator has opted for will derive energy from state-of-the-art batteries of over 400 kWh, which will ensure an adequate range and operability of the buses for the metropolis. Batteries of buses can be recharged by means of an inverted pantograph, or conventionally via a standard plug-in connector. The drive unit of the vehicles will be a 180 kW central motor.Stretching 12 metres, the Solaris buses will fit to over 80 passengers including 25 seated ones. An efficient air-conditioning system, USB ports and the top-notch passenger information system will ensure the comfort of travellers. EMT has also put first the safety and comfort of drivers. The driver’s cabin will be of the closed-off type, with tall glass screens, which will allow for peaceful work conditions for drivers, their separation from the passengers and a safe ride all in all. Meanwhile enhanced visibility will be ensured by cameras replacing side mirrors, transmitting images on screens inside the vehicle. Among many other advantages, the innovative design of MirrorEye will allow the width of the vehicle to be reduced, something which is of importance in the busy urban space of Madrid.