Bratislava opts for Solaris hydrogen buses
Solaris has received an order from Dopravný Podnik Bratislava (DPB) for four hydrogen buses. This is the first order under a framework agreement for Solaris to supply up to 40 fuel cell vehicles to Bratislava.
The FCEVs of type Urbino 12 Hydrogen will be the first fuel cell buses entering Slovakia. Solaris and DBP, however, have been working together since 2006. The company was also the first to order the Trollino 24 from Solaris last November. The 24-metre trolleybuses will debut on the streets of the Slovakian capital Bratislava in mid-2023.
In today’s statement, Javier Calleja, CEO of Solaris, said they were now accompanying DPB in hydrogen technology deployment. He added that the technology was “crucial” for modernising European public transport.
As reported, the Polish bus maker unveiled the hydrogen version of its best-selling Urbino 12 model in Stockholm in June 2019. The Urbino 12 hydrogen bus has a 70 kW fuel cell pack for a range of 350 km. The hydrogen system also features auxiliary devices, for instance, to supply hydrogen and air at an adequate pressure or to recirculate unused hydrogen to maintain a stable temperature of the fuel cells during operation. Five tanks on the roof hold the gaseous hydrogen with a capacity of 1,560 litres. Two electric motors deliver 125 kW each, with a small battery.
Solaris will launch an 18-metre hydrogen bus on 14 September.