Solaris Bus & Coach was just awarded a record order for the delivery of hydrogen buses. The customer is Güstrow-based German carrier Rebus Regionalbus, responsible for operating public transportation in the Rostock region. Solaris will deliver a total of 52 hydrogen buses, 47 of which are 12-meter vehicles and five are articulated buses. The contract is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024.
This is to date the largest single order for vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cell for Solaris. The contract is to be completed by the end of 2024. According to the regional government, public transportation in the coming years in Rostock County is to be based on hydrogen. "Within the process of transitioning to zero-emission public transportation we believe that the future of this transformation lies in the synergy of different technologies. In this particular case, it was hydrogen that proved to be the best possible solution", says Javier Iriarte, CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach. The fuel cell units to be installed in the ordered bus models will be 70 kW in the 12-meter version, and 100 kW in the articulated version. They also will hhve a Solaris High Power traction battery, to support the fuel cell in
moments of peak power demand. The driving unit of the vehicles will be an electric central motor with a power of, respectively, 160 and 240 kW. The ordered Urbino hydrogen will also be equipped with a heat pump. Along with the new buses, two hydrogen refueling stations will be built at two depots in Güstrow and Bad Doberan. Until now, Solaris has already delivered more than 100 hydrogen Urbino units to public transport operators in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Poland. Further 100 hydrogen units are in the production process. The articulated version of Solaris hydrogen bus, which was also on order from Regionalbus Rostock, is the latest model in Solaris' portfolio. The Urbino 18 hydrogen had a launch in September 2022.