Four Urbino 12 electric buses will soon be purchased from Solaris by EMT Fuenlabrada S.A., a firm that manages public transportation for the city it bears its name after.
I’m quite happy that another city has decided to use Solaris vehicles to develop zero-emission transportation. The most popular electric vehicle we provide is the Urbino 12 electric bus. The main benefits that make this model the most popular option for urban transport operators across Europe are zero local emissions and strong operability. Javier Calleja, CEO of Solaris, expressed his happiness that the citizens of Fuenlabrada will soon experience firsthand the advantages it provides.
With this acquisition, Fuenlabrada will join the 30 towns and cities in Spain that also use Solaris cars for public transportation. Up to 70 passengers can board the Urbino 12 buses, with 21 being seated. Additionally, they’ll have cozy air conditioning units with the most recent virus-filtering technology, ensuring that passengers on the routes these new buses are servicing are both content and healthy. By May 2023, the buses will have been delivered.
The situation is not new to Solaris. More than 500 Solaris buses have been delivered to Spanish communities as part of its effort to increase the number of clean transit options in Spain since 2010. Its vehicles have been zero-emission or low-emission for almost 3/4 of their fleet.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH IS BEING USED BY SOLARIS TO CLEAN BUSES I discovered when browsing the Solaris website that they specialize in more than simply electric buses. Various nations and localities have different ideas about how they will accomplish their environmental goals for a variety of reasons. At CleanTechnica, we don’t normally like hydrogen fuel cell cars, but if that’s the only way a city or a nation can clean up, it’s better than keeping diesel engines clattering away most of the time carrying fewer than half a bus’ worth of people.
A sample of what Solaris is doing is given below. Similar to how it did in Fuenlabrada, Spain, it has begun supplying electric buses in Cracow, Poland. On the other hand, Konin has begun purchasing Solaris hydrogen buses. The identical thing is being done in Cologne, Germany. Madrid has chosen electric.
You’re definitely noticing a pattern here: people are using several strategies to reduce their carbon footprints, including hybrid vehicles, battery-electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, and battery-electric vehicles. Municipal buses don’t have much of a problem with a patchwork of who does what, even if it would be devastating for the civilian transportation market (since you couldn’t acquire gasoline or a charge in the next town). Given that buses typically don’t travel to the next town, what that town is doing truly has little bearing on them.
Although we would want to see something different, cities may easily make the move to electricity in the future. They are not a part of a larger network, so if hydrogen turns out to be too wasteful in the future, they may easily switch to BEV. We’ll probably observe a lot of jurisdictions making various transit decisions throughout time until they determine what will be effective for the remainder of the century.
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