The distinctive design of the Solo is a favourite with operators and passengers alike. This low access, lightweight vehicle is popular across both urban and interurban applications, offering up to 36 seats and a total capacity of 58 passengers.

Lightweight with outstanding efficiency

Optare’s lightweight design already sets the benchmark for economy. Our EcoDrive dashboard and intelligent software allows driving styles to be monitored, helping the Solo achieve class leading efficiency in service. Our lightweight design enables us to provide a zero emission solution without compromising capacity.

EcoDrive processes vital information

Multiplex wiring systems carry a vast amount of performance monitoring and command data to enable the bus to function. Optare EcoDrive takes this a stage further by gathering and processing it into useful information that can be presented in a simple way to both the driver and the operator, to support them in their efforts to achieve greater efficiency.

Low carbon

Most Solo derivatives are low carbon certified. In England and Scotland these qualify for low carbon certification and associated grants.



  • Length

    7.9 - 9.9m

  • Width

    SlimLine 2350mm or Standard 2500mm width

  • Engine

    115kW and 130kW

  • Structure

    Low weight integral structure

  • Drive

    Left hand drive and right hand drive

Designed to suit the passenger

Colour coordinated interior trim systems provide a comfortable passenger environment which is tough, durable and easy to clean. Curved handrails from seat back to roof soften the styling still further and indirect LED lighting in the contoured ceiling panels and large curved side windows offer a welcoming feel to encourage increased passenger numbers. LED exterior lighting compliments the distinctive design.

The Solo seats up to 36 and has exceptional standing capacity with a versatile range of layout options including, urban, interurban, school bus and airport applications. The low entry floor combined with the front axle forward of the front door allows for easy access to a fully flat lower saloon area, meaning there is greater flexibility for vehicle layouts.

Always thinking forward

Our vehicles are designed with efficiency and future sustainability in mind.

Optare have over a century of expertise in using the latest technologies to innovate in bus design and manufacturing, delivering sustainable vehicles of today and tomorrow.

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