Two private bus companies from Bavaria, Busreisen Ettenhuber GmbH and Martin Geldhauser GmbH & Co KG., have ordered five Urbino 12 hydrogen buses each.
These buses will enhance the emission-free public transport in the region of Glonn and Hofolding in Upper Bavaria. The deliveries are slated to be completed by March 2023.
The vehicles will feature similar technical parameters and will consist of an axle with integrated electric motors. A set of 70 kW cutting-edge fuel cells will be installed in each bus.
The hydrogen will be stored in five tanks with a total volume of 1,560 litres, boasting the best safeguards available. The buses will be capable of covering at least 350 km on a single refill. The buses will carry up to 34 seated passengers each.
Along with the hydrogen buses, the carriers will also receive a remote diagnostics system called eSConnect, developed by Solaris. It will allow them to optimise the fleet’s operation by increasing its availability, limiting the buses’ downtime, and preventing any unnecessary drives back to the bus depot.
The partnership between Solaris and each of the operators dates back to 2004. Since then, Solaris has delivered 112 buses to Ettenhuber and 55 buses to Geldhauser.
The latest orders for hydrogen buses landed by Solaris include delivering five hydrogen buses to Palma de Mallorca, five hydrogen units for Austrian operator ÖBB Postbus, and up to 20 hydrogen buses to the Czech city of Ústí nad Labem.