In 2012, Solaris sold 1006 buses and trolleybuses, of which 263 were delivered to its Polish customers. This result helped the company not only to maintain its leadership on the domestic market but also to strengthen the competitive position in the industry. Solaris's share of the Polish market for low-floor city buses amounted to 46.6%, while its closest competitor's market share was lower by more than 30 percentage points.
Among the biggest orders completed by Solaris in Poland last year were contracts for the delivery of thirty-five Urbino buses to Bialystok, thirty vehicles to Cracow and twenty to Warsaw.
The number of buses delivered abroad amounted to 743, 8.2 percent more than the previous year. The company increased its market shares in the majority of its 25 foreign markets, experiencing the biggest growth in the CzechRepublic and in Germany.
2012 was a record year for Solaris in the German market with the delivery of 268 vehicles, an increase of 8.1 percent in comparison with 2011, when the company delivered 248 buses. Thanks to this result Solaris's share of the city bus market grew from 10 to 13 percent, making it again the largest non-German supplier of buses in this country.
The delivery of 81 buses and trolleybuses to the Czech Republic gave the company the third place and 26 percent market share on the Czech city bus market. This represents a 19 percent increase compared with 2011.
In 2012, the number of countries where Solaris buses operate increased to 26. With the delivery of two Solaris Urbino 12.9 Hybrid buses to Tampere, the company entered the Finnish market. The second new market was Belgium, where a Solaris Urbino 12 Hybrid was ordered.
Among the biggest orders completed abroad were contracts for delivery of sixty-seven buses to Burgas (Bulgaria), forty-three vehicles to Avignon (France) and forty to Prague (Czech Republic).
In 2012, Solaris introduced three new vehicles to its product range, of which the Solaris Urbino 12 electric was undoubtedly the most innovative.
The Solaris Urbino 12 electric is a fully electric bus which can be charged in four different ways, with customers able to choose between plug-in connections, inductive charging, battery swaps and the use of pantographs.
Solaris also signed its first contracts for delivery of battery buses. A Solaris Urbino 12 electric was ordered by the local transport operator of Braunschweig, Germany. It will be equipped with an inductive charging system. Charging stations will be installed under the road surface. A second battery bus, a Solaris Urbino 8.9 LE electric, will be delivered to Klagenfurt in Austria.
In 2012, Solaris also presented the new Solaris Urbino 18.75 and re-designed its InterUrbino high-floor intercity bus.