The Solaris Urbino 15 LE electric bus won the Sustainable Bus Award 2022.
The Sustainable Bus Award, which is an international competition for the most innovative and sustainable buses and coaches, was launched to promote the idea of ââsustainable development in public transport. The program also aims to create a positive image of urban transport as a key role in climate change and sustainability.
This year, the grand prize in the Urban category went to Solaris for its Urbino 15 LE electric bus. The jury was made up of representatives from several specialist magazines across Europe. These included:
- Mobility Magazine (France)
- Busfahrt (Germany)
- BUS (Italy)
- Infotruck (Romania)
- Carril Bus (Spain)
- Revija Tranzit (Slovenia)
- Bus and coach professional (UK)
The awards gala was hosted by the editor-in-chief of Vado e Torno Edizioni Srl, Fabio Zammaretty, and the editor-in-chief of Sustainable bus, Riccardo Shiavo.
A key area the jury focused on was the three-axle structure of the Solaris Urbino 15 LE electric bus. This design helps to ensure driving stability as well as comfort. Another interesting feature of the electric bus is its adaptability for urban and intercity transport.
Other strengths that the jury found innovative were the equipment installed in the vehicle, such as electronic security devices and real-time fleet monitoring. The electric bush is also equipped with six traction battery packs with a total capacity of 470 kWh. These can be charged by both plug-in chargers and pantograph chargers.
During the ceremony, Mateusz Figaszewski, Director of Electric Mobility Development and Market Intelligence at Solaris Bus & Coach, said:
âWe are honored that our Solaris Urbino 15 LE electric bus has been recognized by the jury of this prestigious competition. Innovative public transport opens up whole new possibilities for us: clean air, quiet streets and no unpleasant noise. This is becoming a reality for a growing number of cities that respect people and the environment. We are very pleased that Solaris’ contribution to safe, publicly accessible and sustainable transportation is increasingly recognized.
Along with Solaris, Isuzu and MAN also won awards. The Isuzu Kendo 13 CNG and the Man Lion’s Coach were the other two winning vehicles.
Umberto Guida, Senior Director of Knowledge and Innovation at UITP, spoke of the importance of public transport in making cities livable, but also noted that the bus sector is already helping to reduce emissions from transport . He spoke of the exponential growth of the past year and called it unstoppable.
âWe cannot achieve livable cities without public transport. European and national policies point to the decarbonization of bus fleets, even if, it should be noted, the bus sector was already helping to reduce emissions from transport activities. We foresee an increase in the number of clean bus registrations in the coming years in Europe. In 2020, we saw exponential growth, with 7,500 orders for electric, gasoline and hybrid buses. It is unstoppable growth. We also expect totally new products to hit the market, i.e. platforms designed specifically for electric drives, using new clean materials and clean industrial processes. We are also seeing that the way vehicles are developed and produced is changing. “
Inge Buytaert, Head of Marketing and Communications at Busworld, explained how sustainability is becoming more and more important and what Busworld has learned during the pandemic regarding B2B events and product visualization in anybody.
âWe are seeing that sustainability is becoming more and more important, and this is a great opportunity for the bus and coach industry, because we are already a sustainable industry. I think we should have a stronger voice, together announcing to both policy makers and the general public that we are a sustainable industry.
âDuring the pandemic, we learned that B2B events need networking and the ability to see and touch products in person. We will use digital tools to improve the physical experience. Now it’s the Sustainable bus Awards that welcome us, but we will ensure that in 2023, the Sustainable Bus Awards are again presented to Busworld.“
It is important to recognize the bus manufacturers who play a key role in sustainability. Solaris recently announced a âCharging Parkâ for electric buses, and I hope other companies and transportation industries here in the United States will follow suit. It would be nice to see more proactive approaches to sustainability in my own city.
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