By March next year, Solaris will deliver ten models of the hydrogen-powered Urbino 12 to two private operators in Upper Bavaria: five have been ordered by Busreisen Ettenhuber GmbH and the same number by Martin Geldhauser GmbH & Co. KG. These state-of-the-art vehicles will improve emission-free public transport in the Glonn and Hofolding region.
The details of the hydrogen Solaris
The Urbino H2’s drive unit will consist of an axle with integrated electric motors. A set of state-of-the-art 70 kW fuel cells will be installed in each bus. Hydrogen will be stored in five tanks with a total volume of 1560 liters, with the best guarantees available on the market. Thanks to the advanced technology used, the buses will be able to travel at least 350 km on a single charge. These hydrogen-powered buses by polish manufacturer will also be equipped with a relatively small Solaris High Power traction battery, whose role is to support the fuel cell at times of highest electricity demand.
The buses will carry up to 34 seated passengers . Also noteworthy is the fact that hydrogen vehicles destined for Upper Bavaria will be equipped with the MobilEye Shield+ system, which helps monitor the vehicle’s blind spot. If a pedestrian or cyclist is detected in the blind spot, the system will alert the driver using audible and light signals. The MobilEye Shield+ will also support the driver with additional features, such as traffic signal recognition, lane departure warning alerts and a passive braking assistant. Along with the buses, carriers will also receive a remote diagnostics system called eSConnect, developed by Solaris. It will allow them to optimize fleet operations by increasing fleet availability and limiting bus downtime, as well as preventing any unnecessary returns to the bus depot.
«Our long-standing relations with private carriers Busreisen Ettenhuber GmbH and Martin Geldhauser GmbH & Co. are an excellent example of long-term, continuously developing collaboration. Now, we are progressing to the next level of this partnership, one related to the transition to hydrogen technology, i. e. the most modern technology available. I am very glad that 10 of our Urbino 12 hydrogen buses will bolster public transport in these Bavarian regions», said Petros Spinaris, member of the Management Board of Solaris for Sales, Marketing and After Sales. The partnership between Solaris and each of the operators dates back to 2004. Since then, the manufacturer has delivered 112 buses to Ettenhuber and 55 buses to Geldhauser.