20 SOLARIS URBINO 12 HYDROGEN TO THE NETHERLANDS
Dutch based public transport operator Connexxion – subsidiary from French Transdev – ordered 20 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses. From 2021 they will provide transport services for the Dutch province Zuid-Holland (South Holland). Together with the purchase order Connexxion also signed a contract on a servicing agreement for 12 years.
The Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses use a set of fuel cells of 70 kW. The energy needed to power the bus is produced in the fuel cell that converts hydrogen into electricity. The hydrogen is stored in gaseous form in 5 new-generation tanks placed on the bus roof. The set of type 4 composite tanks, placed longitudinally above the first axle of the vehicle, has a total volume of 1560 litres.
The electricity feeds the bus driveline which consists of an axle with electric engines. The bus is also fitted with a Solaris High Power battery which acts as an additional electric power storage facility. The only by-products generated during the operation of the Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen are heat and steam. Consequently, the vehicles do not generate any noxious substances whatsoever. Refuelling of hydrogen buses will be possible at a hydrogen filling station in the vicinity of the bus depot. Private passenger fuel cell cars will also be allowed to use the infrastructure.
These Urbino 12 Hydrogen buses contain 37 seats. The passenger exchange will take place through doors, arranged in 1-2-0 configuration. Additional comfort to passengers will be provided in the new buses in the form of low entries, USB ports, air conditioning, information displays and a wheelchair space. The driver will have a camera system replacing the mirrors, projecting the image on to displays inside the vehicle.
The Transdev Netherlands group is one of the biggest operators in the Netherlands. As of the end of next year the operator Connexxion will utilise the hydrogen buses in the regions Hoekse Waard and Goeree-Overflakkee in Zuid-Holland, the most populous province of The Netherlands, located along the North Sea coast.
The first Solaris buses entered the Netherlands in 2017 when the operator Connexxion purchased over 40 articulated Solaris Urbino 18. A year later, in 2018, the operator placed two new orders for 4 Solaris Urbino 18 and 2 CNG-fuelled articulated buses.