Solaris to Supply 13 Hydrogen Buses for Frankfurt
Solaris Bus & Coach has won a tender call for the delivery of 13 hydrogen-powered buses. This call was made by the company In-der-City-Bus which is in charge of public transport in Frankfurt. The contract marks yet another success for the manufacturer which has been gradually expanding its reach in the electromobility segment, supplying hydrogen buses, electric buses and trolleybuses to a growing number of European cities.
The technology used in the Urbino hydrogen makes for absolutely environmentally friendly transport, thanks to the use of energy supplied by a fuel cell (of 70 kW); the sole by-products of the chemical reaction that takes place in it are heat and steam. Electric power generated in the process of reverse electrolysis is transferred directly to the driveline, consisting of an axle with electric motors. What is more, each bus will be fitted with an additional electric power storage facility, i.e. a Solaris High Power battery. The hydrogen needed to propel the bus will be stored in gaseous form, in roof-stacked tanks.
The Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses will be fitted with a range of top-notch Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) solutions that support the driver’s work, including the MirrorEye system in which cameras replace conventional side mirrors thus improving road visibility for the driver. The camera view is transmitted to the in-vehicle displays. Interestingly, the screens can also show distance indicator lines for various parts of the bus, for instance its rear, particular doors or the axles, which will make it easier, and above all safer, for the driver to manoeuvre and to park.