Dopravný podnik Bratislava (DPB) has announced it will become the first operator in Slovakia to deploy a fleet of hydrogen public transport buses.
The Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatisation of the Slovak Republic (MIRRI SR) approved the purchase of four hydrogen buses with a non-refundable financial contribution from European funds.
The hydrogen buses will be supplied by Solaris Bus & Coach and are expected to enter service in autumn 2023.
“Hydrogen technology brings perspective to the planning of public transport in the future. Compared to electric buses, the advantage of these vehicles is a longer range, but also faster refueling. I am therefore extremely pleased that our Bratislava transport company will soon be a pioneer in this technology with real ecological potential for the future, and I believe that this project will inspire other cities as well.”
DPD operates the largest bus fleet in Bratislava, where buses are currently used for more than half of urban journeys. The company hopes that this project will reduce emissions while also making operations more efficient.
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