Solaris to Deliver 10 Hydrogen Buses in Upper Bavaria

Solaris Bus & Coach will deliver a total of 10 hydrogen-powered buses to two operators in Upper Bavaria, Germany next year.

Busreisen Ettenhuber GmbH and Martin Geldhauser GmbH & Co. have each ordered 5 of Solaris’s Urbino 12 hydrogen buses. The two private bus companies from southern Germany will use the hydrogen buses to deliver zero-emission public transport at the tailpipe in Glonn and Hofolding in Upper Bavaria.

The vehicles are set to be delivered by March 2023, continuing Solaris’s partnerships with the operators, which date back to 2004.

The hydrogen-powered Solaris buses will be able to travel 350 kilometres on a single refill and can each carry 34 seated passengers
Petros Spinaris, Member of the Management Board of Solaris for Sales, Marketing and After Sales, said:

“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.”

The ordered vehicles will each feature a set of 70kW fuel cells, as well as a small Solaris High Power traction battery to support the fuel cells during times of increased demand for electricity.

In addition, the hydrogen vehicles will be equipped with the MobilEye Shield+ system, which helps monitor blind spots and warn the driver of detected pedestrians and cyclists. Furthermore, the MobilEye Shield+ will provide additional driver-assistance features such as traffic sign recognitions, lane departure warnings and braking assistance.

Upon delivery, the carriers will also receive Solaris’s remote diagnostics system, eSConnect, which will optimise the fleet’s operation by increasing its availability and limiting downtime, as well as preventing any unnecessary drives to the bus depot.

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