Solaris has won a tender for the delivery of five Urbino 12 hydrogen buses to EMT-Palma, the municipal transport company of Palma de Mallorca. The contract is worth about 4 million euros. This investment is part of the “Green Hyslan” project, financed with EU funds, which seeks to promote the development of clean energy as part of initiatives aimed at combating climate change by 2050. As a result of the planned activities, the Spanish island wants to become a European benchmark in terms of using zero-emission energy.
“Interest in hydrogen technology is steadily growing and the decision of the authorities of Palma de Mallorca to purchase Urbino 12 hydrogen buses is a perfect example of this. We are very proud that as a manufacturer and supplier of state-of-the-art vehicles we can support yet another city in the transition to zero-emission public transport. We strongly believe that our hydrogen buses will excellently serve the residents of this beautiful island”, said Petros Spinaris, member of the Management Board for Sales and After Sales.
Hydrogen buses are an attractive proposition for towns and cities that are striving to achieve zero-emission public transport systems. The highly technologically-advanced Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen bus was launched in 2019 at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit. The launch of another vehicle of this type, the articulated Urbino 18 hydrogen bus, is slated for the second half of 2022.
The Urbino 12 hydrogen bus performs outstandingly in city spaces. It produces no local emissions because the sole by-product of the chemical reaction that takes place in the hydrogen fuel cell is water. Thanks to the employment of advanced technologies it guarantees a range of up to 350 km. The refueling takes only a few minutes, which makes the bus very easy to handle and provides flexibility for local transport operators. Compared to diesel vehicles, it produces only slight vibrations and the noise level is barely noticeable.
At present, Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses can be already seen on the streets of Bolzano in Italy, Cologne and Wuppertal in Germany as well as in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands.