Transport company Transdev has comissioned Solaris to build two hydrogen buses for operation in the Swedish city of Sandviken from autumn 2021. In its home market, Solaris has also delivered another electric school bus to Gręboszów.
Solaris says the two Urbino 12 hydrogen buses will be the first hydrogen buses used in Swedish public transport. The Urbino 12 hydrogen has a 70 kW fuel cell and five roof-mounted hydrogen tanks with a capacity of 1,560 litres that store the hydrogen in gaseous form.
The H2 buses under the roof of Transdev Sverige are expected to be in service in a year’s time in Sandviken, a city of almost 25,000 inhabitants in the Swedish region of Gävleborg. The signing of the contract is the result of a long-term transport strategy for the region, Solaris said. The two buses ordered have a door arrangement in mode 2-2-0 and seats for 85 people including a wheelchair space. Onboard will be air conditioning, a monitoring system, a modern passenger information system, WLAN and USB ports for users. The buses will also be equipped with a so-called Scandinavian package, which includes additional equipment for cold temperatures and thermal insulation.
“The first electric bus made by Solaris was delivered to Sweden back in 2014. Now we deliver the first hydrogen bus,” says Klaus Hansen, Managing Director of Solaris Sverige. The cooperation between Solaris and the Swedish operator Transdev dates back to 2003.
Meanwhile, Solaris has delivered another electric school bus in Poland. A few days ago, the municipality Gręboszów received a Solaris Urbino 12 electric, designed for the transport of school students. The purchase was co-financed by the State Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW) under the programme “Kangaroo – Safe and Environmentally Friendly Way to School”. The electric bus for Gręboszów offers 41 seats with safety belts.
According to Solaris, it is the second vehicle of this type in Poland. The first electric school bus is already on the streets of Godzianów. The grant from the National Fund has been awarded to four municipalities. Three of them have chosen Solaris electric buses. The third one will be delivered to the Bielany municipality before the end of the year.