Hydrogen buses from Poland will start operating in the Netherlands

The most advanced transport company in the Netherlands, Connexxion, has announced another project. It involves the purchase of 20 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses. Delivery is due in the second half of 2021, and it also includes a 12-year service contract.

Urbino 12 will be launched in the south of the country, in two Dutch provinces, Hoekse Waard and Goeree-Overflakkee. These regions are the most densely populated part of the Netherlands on the North Sea coast.

Solaris Urbino 12 Hybrid Bus

The Solaris Urbino 12 hybrid-hydrogen bus uses solid fuel cells with an output of 70 kW. Five 250 atm pressure tanks are placed on the roof and store hydrogen in a gaseous state. In the hydrogen fuel cell, electricity is generated by reverse electrolysis and then transferred directly to the transmission. It is powered by two electric motors with a total capacity of 250 kW.

The Solaris Urbino Hydrogen has a range of 12 - 350 km. If there is no hydrogen, the electric bus can move by means of an electric battery. Which, in turn, is charged both in recovery mode and from a specialized terminal.

The bus is produced by the Polish company Solaris Bus & Coach S.A., which was formed from Neoplan Polska. It has been known for trams, electric buses, trolleybuses and fuel buses since 2001. In 2018, after a deal with CAF Group, the company was owned by the Spaniards.

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