Solaris Bus & Coach and Dutch carrier Arriva Netherlands have signed an agreement for the delivery of 10 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses. In accordance with the contract, the 12-meter buses will be delivered to the province of Gelderland, the largest province in the Netherlands, in the course of this year, and Arriva will start driving them in December 2021 in the Achterhoek region and the cities of Zutphen and Apeldoorn. These vehicles will replace the current diesel buses and will cover more than 1 million kilometers per year.
At the end of last year, the Provincial Executive of Gelderland announced that it was participating in the European JIVE2 program (Joint Initiative For Hydrogen Vehicles Across Europe), which focuses on the promotion of emission-free public transport. The aim is to increase the number of hydrogen buses in public transport, inter alia through subsidies of € 148,000 per bus.
Solaris’s quiet and completely emission-free hydrogen buses are highly technologically-advanced vehicles. They are powered with energy produced in fuel cells, and the sole by-products of the chemical reaction that takes place there are heat and steam. Electric power generated in the process of reverse electrolysis is transferred directly to the driveline, consisting of an axle with electric motors. What is more, each bus will be fitted with an additional electric power storage facility, i.e. a Solaris High Power battery. The hydrogen needed to propel the Urbino 12 bus will be stored in gaseous form in tanks with a total volume of 1,560 liters, mounted on the bus’s roof.
Each vehicle ordered can carry up to 85 passengers, including 37 people seated. For those with reduced mobility, a wheelchair bay and a ramp installed at the second door are envisaged.
The first Solaris buses made it to the Netherlands in 2017. Since then, more and more operators and decision makers have contacted Solaris Netherlands B.V. to enquire about purchasing state-of-the-art and eco-friendly transport solutions for their regions.
Driving on hydrogen is new for Arriva Netherlands. Thanks to its commitment to regular regional transport, Arriva will cover a record number of kilometers with newly purchased buses. It is a condition of the JIVE2 project that in the period December 2021 to December 2024 each hydrogen bus drives at least 50,000 kilometers per year. Arriva and the province of Gelderland are aiming at 100,000 kilometers per year. The carrier, with the support of the province, is also committed to building a hydrogen filling stations by December 2021.