Municipal transport company MPK in Poznan, Poland, has ordered 25 hydrogen buses from Solaris. MPK initially offered 15 H2 buses, but later extended the order for ten more units.
For Solaris, this is the largest fuel cell bus order to date. The 25 Urbino 12 Hydrogen buses are expected to be delivered to Poznan in the second half of 2023. The MPK fleet already includes 58 Solaris battery-electric buses, which represent almost 20% of the total fleet.
With its five hydrogen tanks, the Urbino 12 Hydrogen would have a practical range of 350 kilometers. The hydrogen is converted into electricity in a 70 kW fuel cell. In addition to the fuel cell, a relatively small traction battery is installed, which serves as a buffer for power peaks. Since September, Solaris has also been offering the 18-meter Urbino 18 Hydrogen articulated bus.
For the interior of the 25 vehicles, MPK Poznan has opted for what it says is a “high level of equipment”, as it has done with its other Solaris buses. The vehicles, painted green and yellow, have air conditioning, a passenger information system and video surveillance. There are USB charging ports for passenger mobile devices on all 31 seats. There is also an area for wheelchair users and passengers with strollers. Buses must refuel with hydrogen installed at a regular gas station on Warszawska Street in Poznan.
“Poznań invests in clean technologies, in innovation and in the future. This huge order puts the carrier among the most modern public transport operators in Europe, those who focus above all on air quality in cities and improving the quality of life of the next generation of their inhabitants. The Urbino 12 hydrogen only emits water vapour. Soon the benefits and comfort of traveling in Solaris hydrogen will be available to the people of Poznan,” said Javier Calleja when signing the contract.
With the delivery of hydrogen buses, the share of zero-emission buses in Poznan will increase from 18% to 25%, with a target of 30% by 2028. Krzysztof Dostatni, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MPK Poznań, said that alongside the delivery of the H2 buses next year, the vehicles will also be with the lowest emission standards will be withdrawn from regular service. In 2020, MPK Poznan ordered 37 electric buses from Solaris, including 31 12-meter solo buses and six 18-meter articulated buses. A year earlier, Ekoenergetyka-Polska had started installing 16 charging stations with a total capacity of more than 2.2 MW, for the city of Poznan. This includes pantograph chargers with a capacity of up to 540 kW. This was preceded by an order for electric buses placed in 2018 for 21 battery electric buses with Solaris.
Solaris reports that interest in hydrogen technology among European carriers has increased month on month, at the same time there is also continued growing interest in purely battery-electric buses. Solaris says it has delivered 62 hydrogen vehicles so far to transport operators in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, France and Poland.