Sofia, 12 April 2022. Electric bus and charger pioneer Chariot Motors has signed an important contract for supply of battery electric buses to Sofia operator Stolichen Avtotransport. The 22 units 8.5 meter long vehicles are slated to arrive in Bulgaria at the close of 2022. The deal also includes delivery of 22 units of 40kW slow charging stations, along with software and training. The Higer Bus Company will manufacture Sofia’s new battery electric buses.
Bulgaria’s public transport operators run a great many buses, yet the number of electric buses remains very small. This makes the country a key target for sectoral frontrunner Chariot Motors.
Chariot Motors has already delivered 45, 12m fast charging ultracapacitor e-buses to Sofia city, plus three e-buses to the Bulgarian city of Gabrovo in 2021. All of them produce no NOx, CO2, or particulate emissions, actively helping improve urban air quality. By April 2022 they have cut 900,520kg of CO2 and 505.5 kilos of NOx from Sofia’s air alone.
Chariot Motors CEO Milen Milev said: “We are very excited about this new contract and delighted to have Stolichen Avtotransport as our client. This is an important step in our expansion on the Bulgarian market. Not only does this sale significantly strengthen our position in Bulgaria, it is also a huge step forward in our ambitions to have our innovative battery e-buses serve this important market. We are also happy to help Stolichen Avtotransport’s transition to a zero-emission bus fleet. As one of Sofia’s premier public transport operators, this company will play a crucial role in the Bulgarian capital’s transition to carbon-neutral transportation.”
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.
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