SOLARIS DEVELOPS HYDROGEN BUS
Solaris has more than 15 years’ experience in the construction of electrically-driven vehicles – trolleybuses, hybrid buses as well as battery-powered buses. Solaris has implemented the ultra-modern hydrogen technology for the first time in two Urbino 18.75 running in Hamburg. Recent achievements are buses with hydrogen drive and range extenders for the city of Riga. Solaris anounced as next project the production of the Urbino 12 with full hydrogen drive.
For almost two years, Solaris electric buses have been carrying Hochbahn passengers on the Innovative Line. The agreement which Solaris signed with Riga City Transport (Rigas Satiksme) in 2016 has been divided into two parts. The first concerns the delivery of ten 18,75-metre Trollino equipped with hydrogen fuel cell range extenders.
This is an absolutely unique solution not only in Latvian public transportation, but also at European level. Each trolleybus designed for Riga is to be fitted with fuel cell as well as battery set which allows the vehicle to operate without traction energy supply even for 100 km. The innovative solution will be therefore used in the areas without overhead wires. Medcom traction motor will provide the power to drive the vehicle. High passenger capacity of the articulated Trollino will provide the capital of Latvia with the opportunity to use low-emission vehicles even on the most heavily used lines. According to the contract the first Trollino is to roll onto Riga streets at the turn of 2017 and 2018. The deliveries of remaining vehicles are scheduled for 2018.