RATP, the French public transport company, has placed its orders with Solaris Bus & Coach for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered bus. The selection of Solaris Urbino is part of the plan to make public transport operations cleaner in France's capital city. Earlier this year, Solaris delivered the first pre-series Solaris Urbino 18 CNG to RATP marking the beginning of the contract signed in March 2016 between the Polish producer and the public transport operator. The contract includes the delivery of up to 48 vehicles, with a 20 million euros budget. RATP has just ordered the first part covering 18 buses.
The Solaris Urban 18 CNG will arrive in Paris at the turn of May and June 2018. The value of this first part of the contract is nearly 8 million euros. The articulated Solaris buses will be driven by engines dedicated to work with CNG fuel and automatic gearboxes equipped with the Eco program, Solaris points out in a press release. This configuration of the propulsion unit will allow to obtain significant ecological benefits by significantly reducing the emission of harmful exhaust gases into the atmosphere.
The bus will accommodate 101 people at the same time, including 36 seated. For people with reduced #mobility, there will be a kneeling function of the vehicle at the bus stop and an electronic ramp to facilitate the entry of a wheelchair or a stroller.
The experience of Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. in the construction of gas-powered vehicles dates back to 2004. Since then, the company had delivered nearly 1,100 vehicles of this type, which can be met on the streets of 13 European countries, from Sweden through Central and Eastern Europe to France, Spain and Italy.