The Skoda Group presented its new hydrogen bus at the Innotrans in Berlin. The hydrogen fuel cell drive is to complement the electric drive portfolio in Skoda’s buses and will have a range of up to 350 kilometres.
The 12-metre bus has an output of 160 kW and seats 85 passengers (up to 30 seats). The 160 kW is the drive power of the H’City 12, the power of the PEM fuel cell is neither mentioned in the announcement nor in the published data sheet. There is also no information about the buffer battery.
But there is information about the hydrogen tank system: the manufacturer states that the hydrogen storage capacity is 39 kilograms, which should be enough for the mentioned range of up to 350 kilometres. In the data sheet Skoda speaks of a “quick fuel refill”, but this is not precisely quantified.
In terms of bodywork, the H’City 12 corresponds to the usual dimensions for a solo bus: the vehicle is 12.02 metres long, 2.55 metres wide and 3.43 metres high – with a weight of between 11.5 and 13 tonnes. The H’City 12 also has a folding ramp for wheelchair users and two corresponding parking spaces in the interior.
“The portfolio of buses from Škoda Group includes a wide range of propulsion types, enabling us to offer solutions to suit almost any requirement. Recent trends show that customers are demanding vehicles that are environmentally friendly and thus have the lowest possible impact on citizens’ lives. That is why we are coming up with a new solution that offers cities an interesting solution,” says Tanya Altmann, President Bus Mobility, Skoda Group.
At the end of last year, Skoda had introduced its new E’City trolleybus.
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