The Solaris Urbino 15 LE electric bus has won the Sustainable Bus Award for 2022.
The Sustainable Bus Award, an international competition for the most innovative and sustainable buses, was launched to promote the idea of sustainable development in public transport. The program also aims to create a positive image for urban transport as a key role in climate change and sustainability.
This year, the main prize in the Urban category went to Solaris for its Urbino 15 LE electric bus. The jury consisted of representatives from several trade magazines across Europe. These included:
- Mobility magazine (France)
- Bus service (Germany)
- AUTOBUS (Italy)
- Infotrucker (Romania)
- Carril Bus (Spain)
- Review Transit (Slovenia)
- Bus and bus professional (UK)
The award ceremony was hosted by the editor-in-chief at Vado e Torno Edizioni Srl, Fabio Zammaretty, and the editor at Sustainable bus, Riccardo Shiavo.
A key area that the jury focused on was the three-axle structure of the Solaris Urbino 15 LE electric bus. This design helps to provide driving stability as well as comfort. Another smart feature of the electric bus is its ability to be adapted to both urban and intercity transport.
Other highlights the jury found innovative were the equipment installed in the vehicle, such as electronic security features and real-time fleet monitoring. The electric bus is also equipped with six packages of traction batteries that have a total capacity of 470 kWh. These can be charged by both plug-in and pantograph chargers.
During the ceremony, Mateusz Figaszewski, E-mobility Development and Market Intelligence Director at Solaris Bus & Coach, said
“We are honored that our Solaris Urbino 15 LE electric bus has been recognized by the jury in this prestigious competition. Innovative public transport opens up completely new possibilities for us: clean air, quiet streets and no unpleasant noise. This is becoming a “We are very pleased that Solaris’ contribution to safe, publicly accessible, sustainable transportation is increasingly recognized.”
Along with Solaris, Isuzu and MAN also won awards. The Isuzu Kendo 13 CNG and Man Lion’s Coach were the other two winning cars.
UITP Senior Director Knowledge and Innovation Umberto Guida touched on the importance of public transport to achieve vibrant cities, but also noted that the bus sector is already helping to reduce emissions from transport. He talked about last year’s exponential growth and called it unstoppable.
“We can not achieve cities that are livable without public transport. European and national policies point to the decarbonisation of bus fleets, although we should emphasize that the bus sector has already helped reduce emissions from transport activities. We expect an increasing number of registrations of clean buses in the coming years in Europe. In 2020, we experienced exponential growth with 7,500 orders for electric, gas-powered and hybrid buses. It is an unstoppable growth. We also expect completely new products to come on the market, ie platforms designed specifically for electric drives that use new, clean materials and clean industrial processes. We are also seeing a change in the way vehicles are developed and produced. “
Inge Buytaert, Busworld Marketing & Communication Officer shared how sustainability is becoming increasingly important and what Busworld learned during the pandemic in relation to B2B events and personally seeing products.
“We see that sustainability is becoming increasingly important, and this is a great opportunity for the bus and bus sector, as we are already a sustainable sector. I think we should have a higher voice and together announce to both politicians and the public that we are a sustainable industry.
“In the pandemic, we learned that B2B events need networking and the ability to see and touch products in person. We want to use digital tools to enhance the physical experience. Now it’s Sustainable bus Awards that host us, but we will make sure that in 2023, the Sustainable Bus Awards will be presented at Busworld again.“
It is important to recognize bus manufacturers that play key roles in sustainability. Solaris recently announced a “Charging Park” 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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