The Madrid City Council has a very clear goal of decarbonizing the public vehicle fleet. In 2025 it is expected that 25% of the bus fleet will be 100% electric, eliminating diesel units from next year. With that goal in mind, the capital has just placed one of its largest orders to date. The Madrid City Council has ordered 60 electric buses from Solaristhe Polish company that has positioned itself as the reference in the segment by volume and characteristics.
With a contract of more than 30 million euros, the local council expands its already large fleet of electric buses. It is not the first time that Madrid and Solaris join their paths. In 2021 an agreement was signed for the supply of 250 natural gas buses that have been circulating on the streets for years and reducing the environmental impact. On this occasion, electrification has taken center stage, with the Urbino 12 models being selected by the City Council.
The Urbino 12 is the jewel in Solaris’ electric crown. With a length of 12 meters, the buses will have a capacity for more than 80 passengers, 25 of them seated. With the latest technologies available, the energy will be extracted from a large battery with more than 400 kWh of capacity that allows long autonomies to be shot in the urban cycle. The engine responsible for driving the electric bus is a central block with 180 kW of power, about 240 horsepower.
Solaris has been very satisfied with the agreement signed with a city as important as Madrid. Javier Calleja, CEO of Solaris stated: “I am extremely proud that Solaris has been entrusted with such a prestigious order. I am grateful for this incredible trust placed in us. Our company has been promoting sustainable public transport for many years, with a particular focus on zero-emission solutions. We believe that electromobility is the future and a guarantee of clean, safe and citizen-friendly cities. I am extremely happy that the direction taken by Madrid is consistent with our vision.”
In addition to the important order from Solaris, there is another contract with Irizar for the entry into service of 90 100% electric ieBus units. A total of 150 electric buses worth more than 81 million euros that will begin to be deployed in the capital in the coming months. The EMT is positioned as one of the public transport companies with one of the cleanest fleets. The incorporation of electrical units will reduce the longevity of the public park to less than five years old.