Electric bus added to Tallinn transport network ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

A Solaris Urbino 12 in service in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. Source: Wikimedia Commons

An electric bus being evaluated will also be open to passengers in Tallinn from Monday, operating between the Balti Jaam train station and the residential district of Mustamäe.

The service, set to run till July 15, will use an Urbino 12 electric bus, made by Polish manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach SA, and which has a reported capacity of 220 kWh and capable of traveling 150 km before requiring recharging.

Tallinn City Transport (TLT) is testing the bus as part of its policy for moving away from fossil-fueled transport to cleaner forms of energy, while also optimizing vehicle maintenance costs, ERR's online news in Estonian reports.

The city aims to have an all-renewable energy public transport fleet within 15 years, with diesel buses set to be phased out as soon as 2025.

The main aspect of the new route's evaluation will focus on battery recharging and capacity.

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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