Serbian operator JGSP Novi Sad has ordered 10 Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses along with the charging infrastructure. The deliveries of the emission-free vehicles to Novi Sad are to be completed at the beginning of 2023. The value of the contract amounts to 6.2 million euros.
Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia and the first to put electric Solaris buses into service. The contract includes the charging infrastructure, i. e. five plug-in and three pantograph charging stations. The purchase of the e-buses was financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as part of the “Green Cities Framework 2 W2 – Novi Sad Electric Buses” project. The vehicles will be supplied to Serbia within 13 months of signing the contract. This deal for the electric buses is not the first collaboration between the Solaris and JGSP Novi Sad. In the past, the operator purchased, among other vehicles, 6 Urbino 12 CNG buses. The very first Solaris buses made it to Serbia back in 2011.
Since then, Solaris has supplied over 200 buses in total to the country. The new electric buses will feature 90 kWh Solaris High Power batteries and a 160 kW air-cooled central engine, which will be recharged using both plug-in and pantograph chargers.
Apart from standard air-conditioning and video monitoring system installed in the vehicles, these low-floor buses will have the state-of-the-art MirrorEye system. It consists of cameras, which replace side-view mirrors, to widen the field of view for the driver and to improve visibility in bright sunlight as well as during rain or after nightfall. Thus, it contributes significantly to improving safety on the roads.