Bratislava to buy up to 40 BZ buses from Solaris

Bratislava to buy up to 40 BZ buses from Solaris

Slovak transport operator Dopravný podnik Bratislava (DPB) has signed a framework agreement with Solaris for up to 40 hydrogen buses, with the first four Urbino 12 hydrogens to be handed over in July next year.

According to Solaris, the four units will be the first hydrogen buses not only in Bratislava, but in the whole of Slovakia. The Polish manufacturer does not specify under which conditions and in which period further vehicles from the framework agreement can be ordered.

The Urbino 12 hydrogen is Solaris' fuel cell bus launched in 2019. The fuel cell in the twelve-metre-long solo bus has an output of 70 kW, and five H2 tanks can hold hydrogen for a range of up to 350 kilometres. The fuel cell is connected to the drive system via a small buffer battery, which consists of two electric motors, each with an output of 125 kW. As soon as the vehicle's power demand exceeds the 70 kW of the fuel cell, the buffered energy from the battery is called in.

In the press release, Solaris does not provide any further information on the equipment of the Urbino 12 hydrogen ordered for the interior or the driver assistance system.