Agility Fuel Solutions, a Hexagon Composites business, has been awarded two orders from Portuguese bus manufacturer CaetanoBus and Solaris to supply two and 12 fuel storage systems respectively for their new hydrogen bus models.
CaetanoBus’ new hydrogen fuel cell bus, H2.City Gold, is an addition to their clean bus portfolio. It is the first bus manufacturer in Europe to utilize Toyota’s leading fuel cell technology.
“We’re pleased to leverage our extensive experience in lightweight, reliable and safe hydrogen storage systems to help CaetanoBus bring this exciting new product to the zero-emission public transport sector,” said Eric Bippus, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Agility Fuel Solutions.
“We work every day to combine our growth with urban sustainability and to build the future of cities with our partners,” commented Jorge Pinto, CEO of CaetanoBus. “Adding the new hydrogen fuel cell bus to our clean bus portfolio is our best contribution to a future shaped by sustainable mobility solutions worldwide.”
Moreover, the Italian city of Bolzano is investing strongly in clean public transportation and is the first customer to order the Solaris Urbino 12 Hydrogen, which had its world premiere in June this year. In addition, Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) has signed an agreement with Solaris for tests of the Urbino 12 hydrogen bus. The buses will be tested in regular passenger traffic during the second half of 2020.
The Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen bus will have a driving range of up to 350 km on a single fill. Thanks to the use of Agility’s Type 4 hydrogen fuel system, Solaris has reduced the mass of the fuel system by ca. 20% compared to the previous model. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles stand out due to their long-range capabilities and the short time needed to refill. Deliveries of the Agility hydrogen bus systems are scheduled for the third quarter of 2020.
“We are excited to continue our long partnership with Solaris adding hydrogen technology to the clean fuel portfolio. This is an important step in the expansion in the European hydrogen bus market – a market representing a major opportunity for zero-emission public transport,” added Bippus.