Agility Fuel Solutions, a Hexagon Composites business, has been awarded an order to supply 12 fuel systems for Solaris’ new hydrogen bus model.
“We are excited to continue our long partnership with Solaris adding hydrogen technology to the clean fuel portfolio. During the last decade, Hexagon has delivered more than 1,000 CNG fuel systems to Solaris’ low-emission bus fleet, ensuring sustainable public transport to European citizens,” says Eric Bippus, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Agility Fuel Solutions. “This is an important step in the expansion in the European hydrogen bus market – a market representing a major opportunity for zero-emission hydrogen public transport.”
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.
“The Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen which had its world premiere in June this year, complements Solaris’ e-mobility offerings. Hydrogen fuel cell and battery electricity technologies will complement each other perfectly and benefit from the technological progress of electric drivelines and their components,” says Mateusz Figaszewski, Director of E-mobility Department at Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.
The Italian city of Bolzano is investing strongly in clean public transportation and is the first customer to order Solaris Urbino 12 Hydrogen buses. 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, preparing for the transition to a zero-emissions vehicle fleet.
Deliveries of the Agility hydrogen bus systems are scheduled for the third quarter of 2020.