Chariot Motors expands presence in Bulgarian capital Sofia with a new Stolichen Avtotransport contract for a delivery of 22 Higer battery e-buses
Sofia, Bulgaria, 2 March 2022. Chariot Motors helps the transition to green public transport by offering fully electric zero-emission non-polluting e-buses. The company is a European and Israeli pioneer in innovative ultracapacitor (UC) e-buses.
Bulgaria’s metropolitan bus operator ranked Chariot Motors top among seven tender bidders, awarding a contract for 22 battery electric buses. The electric buses are produced by Higer Bus Company, each will be 8.5m long. The contract also includes a combination of 22 40kW single or 11 80kW double charging stations, software, and training. The 22 Chariot e-buses will arrive in late 2022.
Stolichen Avtotransport EAD is Sofia’s largest public transport bus operator. It is committed to rolling over its entire bus fleet to electric power. The company performs 45 percent of the capital’s public transport. The new order for 22 units of 8.5m long Chariot e-buses and 30 units of 5.8m long Karsan e-buses will increase the operator’s current e-bus fleet to 72.
Innovator Chariot Motors has already delivered 15 and 30 units of 12m fast charging UC electric buses to Sofia in 2020 and 2021, plus three e-buses to Bulgarian city of Gabrovo in the same year. These electric buses produce no NOx, CO2, or particulate emissions and will further improve urban air quality. By the close of 2021 they cut 870,320kg of CO2 and 494.5kg of NOx from Sofia’s air.
Chariot Motors AD CEO Milen Milev said, “Our company is delighted to welcome Stolichen Avtotransport as client and to be selected to contribute the public transport operator’s transition to a zero-emission bus fleet. As one of Sofia’s largest public transport operators, Stolichen Avtotransport is going to play a crucial role in the Bulgarian capital’s transition to carbon-neutral solutions.”
The order for 22 new e-buses and equipment is part of a project to boost ambient air quality in the metropolitan municipality by purchasing e-buses and trolleybuses funded by the Operational Programme Environment 2014-2020 assisted by the European Union Cohesion Fund.