Solaris wins a mega-tender in Milano

Polish bus manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach will deliver 250 low-floor buses to Milano.

In this year's biggest bus tender in Italy, Azienda Trasporti Milanesi has chosen Solaris to deliver 250 low-floor, 12-meter long buses Urbino 12. The first 85 vehicles will be handed over already between summer and winter 2014. Solaris won with a bid of 228 thousand euro per vehicle, with fully air-conditioned buses, Euro 6 engine and a 3-year maintenance period.

With a 900km-long network covering 107 lines, Milano has been dominated by Iveco, BredaMenarinibus and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with an average fleet age of 10 years and more (except 120 new Iveco Citelis 12M buses). The network operated by ATM is covered by 1100 buses, providing mobility to 2 million passengers daily in and around the city.

Worth noting that Solar is steadily emerging as one of the major public transport manufactures in Europe. In 2013, the company booked a record year in its corporate history, selling more than 1300 buses and trolleybuses and reaching a turnover of 1.5 billion Polish zloty (359 million euro). 1010 vehicles were deliver to non-Polish markets, including Germany (210 vehicles), Serbia (200) and Israel (116). Solaris has also signed a number of new contracts, including deliveries to Latvia (300) and Turkey (100). In Poland, Solaris dominates the domestic bus manufacturing market with 53% of shares, delivering 287 vehicles in 2013