April 11, 2019. The representatives of Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. have just signed a contract for the supply of 54 buses Urbino 18 CNG that go to Warsaw. The Arriva company will be responsible for the bus service on selected routes, having won a public tender made by the municipal transport company ZTM Warszawa in the previous year. Although there are already 1,500 vehicles of the Solaris brand that travel throughout city, this will mark the first time that the producer will supply buses to the capital of Poland.
The articulated Urbino 18 CNG will have a range of green solutions that guarantee a reduction of pollutant emissions into the atmosphere. The buses will be powered by compressed natural gas that will be stored in tanks mounted on the roof with a total volume of 1,700 liters. By constituting a mixture of light hydrocarbons, CNG will be adapted for use in a combustion engine; the ordered models will have Cummins engines of 8.9 liters with a power of 293 kW, which comply with the very restrictive emission standard Euro 6.
There will be 39 seats on board each of the buses. Solaris will equip vehicles with a full set of electronic systems, including voice announcements, constant monitoring of the interior and exterior of the bus, a passenger counting system and emergency communication for the driver. Passengers can buy tickets at ticket vending machines with which each of the vehicles ordered will be equipped. The emission of noise from Solaris CNG buses will be less than that of diesel models, which, in combination with an air conditioning system that covers the entire vehicle, will significantly increase travel comfort.