February 5, 2020. Ostrava in Czech Republic bets again on the Solaris Urbino 18 CNG. The Polish manufacturer, owned by the Spanish group CAF, has secured a new order for environmentally friendly buses. Pursuant to the contract signed between the manufacturer and public transport operator Dopravní podnik Ostrava, the Czech city of Ostrava will receive 37 Solaris Urbino 18 CNG buses.
Once this latest order is completed, the Czech city will have nearly 400 Urbino buses in operation. A large majority of them is made up by ecological buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG) and zero-emission trolleybuses. Notably, it was in the same city that Solaris completed its biggest contract to-date for CNG-fueled vehicles, by supplying 90 12-meter and 15 articulated buses to Ostrava in 2015.
In line with the terms of the contract signed at the beginning of January, the 37 Solaris Urbino 18 CNG buses shall be supplied within 12 months. The total value of the contract, covering also a five-year warranty period for the commissioned vehicles, settled at 13 million euro, Solaris highlights.
The heart of the new vehicles will be a 239 kW engine able of using CNG as fuel. The engine will support the feature of cold start, meaning it facilitates ignition at very low external temperatures. The driveline will be supplemented by an automatic transmission. 5 tanks containing the CNG used for propulsion will be placed on the vehicle roof. Their total capacity will amount to 1,875 liters.
The modern buses commissioned by the Czech carrier will be able to carry 110 passengers at a time at the least. In spite of designating two spaces for wheelchairs and prams or pushchairs, the Polish manufacturer has also managed to provide 42 seats, of which 17 are accessible from the low floor, in the supplied vehicles.