BELGIUM: Brussels city transport operator STIB has awarded a €21m contract to Solaris Bus & Coach for the supply of 25 articulated electric buses. This forms part of STIB’s plan to have an entirely electric bus fleet by 2030.

To be assembled at Solaris’ Bolechowo factory near Poznań, the Urbino 18 buses are due to enter service in early 2019, with deliveries scheduled to be completed in June that year.

Under the contract, Solaris will also supply charging infrastructure in co-operation with Schaltbau Refurbishment. This will consist of two depot chargers and two opportunity charging stations supplied by medium voltage/low voltage transformer stations. The depot will be equipped with 24 pantograph charging stations, supplied by a new medium voltage/low voltage transformer station, to be used for overnight charging.