ITALY: Bus operator ACTV Venezia has awarded Solaris Bus & Coach a €20m contract to supply 30 battery buses and charging infrastructure, the manufacturer announced on August 12.

The Urbino 12 buses are to replace the diesel fleets currently operating on the islands of Lido and Pellestrina. Two 125 kW motors will be powered by Solaris High Power batteries with a total capacity of 116 kWh. These will be charged through a roof-mounted pantograph as well as through plug-in chargers.

The vehicles will be equipped with air-conditioning, an entrance ramp, a passenger information system, CCTV, rear-view cameras, a pantograph camera, a touchscreen control panel and remote monitoring. The seats will be covered with an anti-graffiti coating.

Solaris is also supplying nine fast chargers, six plug-in depot chargers and a mobile plug-in charger. Deliveries of the buses and charging infrastructure are due to be completed by the end of 2020.

Solaris had previously supplied 18 buses to Venezia, including 10 powered by compressed natural gas.