Having incorporated into its fleet 22 electric Solaris buses, the Municipal Transport Company (PKM) in Jaworzno has become a European leader in e-mobility. Currently, so much as 40% of Jaworzno’s fleet consists of zero-emission buses.
The group of delivered buses features a debut model of the company’s product portfolio – the new Solaris Urbino 18 electric – an articulated battery-powered bus of the latest generation. Having been presented to the wide public for the first time at the Busworld Trade Fair in Kortrijk in October this year, the vehicle will carry passengers on routes E and J. Thereby, Jaworzno has become the next city after Kraków to use that electric bus model. Articulated buses are equipped with a central traction motor with an output power of 240 kW and traction batteries with a total capacity of 240 kWh. The use of both charging stations in bus depots and pantographs installed around the town allows for an unlimited operability of the electric buses in Jaworzno.
What is more, the new electric Solaris Urbino 12 buses have been delivered in two versions: with two doors (6 vehicles) and three doors (3 vehicles). Each 12-metre long bus can accommodate up to 75 passengers. This electric bus model was selected as the „Bus of The Year” in the competition for the best city bus of 2017.
The smallest electric bus models delivered to Jaworzno are four Urbino 8,9 LE electric buses equipped with a traction motor with an output power of 160 kW and batteries with a capacity of 160 kWh. Up to 47 people can travel by it, including 19 passengers on seats. As of 4th December, the new MIDI class electric buses will operate on two completely new lines: 372 and 373 which connect the hospital in Jaworzno with the residential areas of Łubowiec and Szczotki. The same bus model has already been driving along roads, among others, in Kraków and in Ostrołęka as well as in Klagenfurt in Austria. Soon that type of buses will arrive on the streets of Września, Stalowa Wola, as well as in Brussels and Frontignian in France.
The event of handing over the buses in Jaworzno was combined with a presentation of the „Centre of E-mobility” – a recently opened PKM bus depot, which is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in Europe. In the hall, there are, i.a., depot charging stations which allow for the simultaneous charging of as much as eight vehicles.
„Twenty-three electric vehicles in our rolling stock is just the beginning. The company’s plans target the operation of 43 zero-emission buses by 2020”, said Maciej Zaremba, spokesperson of PKM Jaworzno.
The new ecological era of public transport is picking up speed. This is evidenced by further tenders for electric buses – within the last few months Solaris Bus & Coach signed new contracts for the supply of electric buses in Poland for: Warsaw, Chodzież, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Sosnowiec, Września, Katowice, Rzeszów and Stalowa Wola and from abroad for: Brussels, Barcelona, Oslo and Milan.