Czech to receive Solaris buses; Alelion provides batteries for a fuel-cell solution

This is the first time Solaris will supply hydrogen-powered buses to the Czech Republic.

The Czech carrier Dopravní podnik města Ústí nad Labem has signed a framework agreement with Solaris Bus & Coach for the delivery of up to 20 zero-emission Urbino 12 hydrogen buses.

The agreement covers eight years, and during this time, the carrier may order up to 20 hydrogen buses. Once the vehicles have been ordered, they will be delivered within 420 days of the purchase contract being signed. Although this is the first time, Solaris will supply hydrogen buses to the Czech Republic, but over the years, it has delivered over 1200 vehicles with different drives, i. e., diesel, CNG vehicles and trolleybuses, to the country.

The Urbino 12 hydrogen bus will be equipped with two 125 kW electric motors each, packs of 70 kW fuel cells and five composite tanks for hydrogen storage with a total capacity of 1560 l. The bus will be capable of covering at least 350 km on a single refill.

Currently, Solaris has signed contracts for and delivered almost 100 Urbino 12 hydrogen buses to carriers in Austria, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Italy.

In a separate development, Alelion Energy Systems has received an initial order of around MSEK 6 from Terberg Techniek (a construction equipment company). The order will be delivered in 2022, starting from January. The hydrogen module enables fast refuelling at H2 refuelling points, like trucks and passenger cars.

Terberg Techniek is part of the Terberg group, which offers Electric Power Take Off (E-PTO and E-PTO-H2) for the construction industry. E-PTO (Electric Power Take Off) replaces the truck’s traditional power take off with an electrically powered take off for auxiliary equipment such as concrete mixers and loader cranes. It is already operated by one of the largest European manufacturers in the cement industry as a completely stand-alone module on a concrete mixer.

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 7812
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