All 24 electric buses should be delivered by fall.
The Ostrava public transport company (DPO) has put into operation the first electric bus out of the 24 it ordered from the Polish manufacturer Solaris over a year ago. This is the largest order of electric buses in the country so far, with cost amounting to CZK 308 million inclusive of Siemens charging infrastructure. Last year, DPO pledged to no longer buy diesel buses.
The 12-meter-long electric buses can accommodate up to 80 passengers (standing and seated). Their daily range is up to 400 km thanks to continuous charging. Fast charging will take a maximum of ten minutes, with a range of up to 30 km before the next charge. The new electric buses will be charged using the OppCharge standard up to twelve times in 24 hours. Vehicle operators will be able to charge them at the Hranecnik terminal and in the city center, where new charging stations have been or will be built.
As of January 1, 2022, the DPO fleet included 292 buses, of which 227 are CNG-powered and 8 are electric buses. At the end of 2022, the DPO plans to be using 227 CNG buses and 32 electric buses.
Translation Lucie Trávníčková