Warsaw buys 130 electric buses in the largest such order in Europe

Warsaw City Hall has announced the purchase of 130 electric buses from a leading European manufacturer, Poland-based Solaris.

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The value of the purchase totals PLN 417 mln EUR 98.17 mln, PLN 180 mln (EUR 42.40 mln), almost half of which will be covered by the EU's Infrastructure and Environment Programme. The contract is currently the largest order of this type in Europe.

“Once again we are at the forefront of change,” Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski said. “We are doing this due to concern over air quality and the climate."

The first of the ordered electric buses are expected to be in service in early 2020.

So far, the Warsaw public transport fleet consists of 31 electric and low-emission buses. That number is expected to reach 400 in 2021. Overall, 1800 buses operate in Warsaw.

The newly ordered buses will be mainly used on the Warsaw Royal Route, the city's historic route from the Royal Castle in the Old Town to the Wilanów Palace in the south of the city. The route, featuring a number of iconic landmarks, is greatly popular among tourists.

Solaris Bus & Coach is a leading Poland-based manufacturer of public transport vehicles. The company has delivered nearly 17,000 vehicles to 32 countries around the world. Headquartered near Poznań it employs 2,300 people in Poland. Since 2018, the Spanish CAF owns 100 percent of the company shares.

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