The Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen bus has won yet another client. Operator Transdev has signed a contract with Solaris Bus & Coach to supply two hydrogen buses. The vehicles will roll out onto the streets of the Swedish city of Sandviken in autumn 2021. Transdev signing the contract with Solaris for the supply of two hydrogen buses is a result of the region’s long term transport strategy. Sandviken is a nearly 25,000 strong town located in the Swedish region of Gävleborg, which has lately been betting on eco-friendly solutions.
The Urbino 12 hydrogen buses that will soon run on these Swedish streets are quiet and emission-free vehicles fuelled with power generated by 70 kW fuel cell. They will be driven by an axle with electric motors. Besides that, the ordered vehicles will be fitted with Solaris High Power battery acting as an additional electric power storage facility. In hydrogen buses, electric power is generated via reverse electrolysis and then transferred directly to the driveline. The sole by-products of the chemical reaction taking place in the fuel cell are heat and steam. Hence, the vehicles are environmentally friendly and do not release any noxious exhaust fumes into the atmosphere.
As for hydrogen storage technology, the Urbino 12 hydrogen bus features cutting-edge solutions. The hydrogen is stored in gaseous form in five tanks, mounted on the bus roof, boasting a total capacity of 1560 l.
The ordered vehicles can accommodate 85 people. Passengers will be able to board through doors arranged in a 2-2-0 layout. Air conditioning, CCTV cameras, and a modern passenger information system will ensure the safety of travellers. Passengers will be able to recharge their mobile phones using USB ports and use wireless Internet on board. For persons with reduced mobility, a wheelchair bay is envisaged. In addition, the buses will be fitted with the so-called Scandinavian package, i.e. additional equipment and thermal insulation elements, specifically designed so that the bus can face low temperatures and ensure the travel comfort of passengers and the driver even in the coldest of winters.