The first Brussels 100% electric buses will be supplied by the Polish company Solaris. STIB, the Brussels public transport company, explained that the Belgian manufacturers, such as Van Hool or VDL, did not offer their services.
STIB ordered seven full electric minibuses, equipped with overnight charging technology that does not require any infrastructure to recharge on the road network. Battery recharging will only take place at night.
With a length of about 10 meters and a capacity for 40 passengers, the minibus will be able to drive in narrower streets of the Brussels city center and to important pedestrian flows.
The fleet of seven full electric vehicles will be used for the future line named Citybus which will connect Louise and Nouveau Marché aux Grains passing by emblematic spots such as Sablon or la Bourse.
The delivery of the 7 buses is expected by the end of next year.