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52 Solaris hydrogen buses for rebus in Güstrow

A Solaris hydrogen bus was on test at rebus in July 2022 | © Roland Haber

Güstrow-based public transport operator rebus Regionalbus Rostock GmbH in North-eastern Germanyhas ordered 52 Solaris Urbino hydrogen buses, including five articulated models. This is so far the largest Solaris’ single order for vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cell. The contract is to be completed by the end of 2024. According to the regional government, public transportation in Rostock County is to be based on hydrogen mobility in the coming years. The Feceral Ministry of transport (BDMV) is granting approx. EUR 20 million of funding.

Solaris Urbino 18 hydrogen | © Solaris

Modern hydrogen fuel cell units will be installed in both ordered bus models – 70 kW in the 12-meter version, and 100 kW in the articulated model. The hydrogen system components will feature the highest safety systems available on the market. The hydrogen Solaris buses will be equipped with a Solaris High Power traction battery, the task of which will be to support the fuel cell in moments of peak power demand. The driving unit of the vehicles will be an electric central motor with a power of (respectively) 160 and 240 kW. The ordered Urbino hydrogen will also be equipped with a heat pump.

Along with the new buses, two hydrogen refueling stations will be built at two depots in Güstrow and Bad Doberan. The carrier’s goal is to operate local public transportation based on hydrogen technology.

Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen | © Solaris

Solaris successful also in other countries

Solaris has just successfully completed the delivery of the large order for 183 Urbino 18 electric articulated buses to Oslo, the largest single order for electric buses to date.

In France Solaris has been selected as a potential supplier of electric buses and trolleybuses. The Union of Public Purchasing Groups (UGAP) has selected two specific models from the manufacturer’s zero-emission portfolio: the Trollino 18 and Urbino 18 electric. Both models will henceforth be available to carriers without an additional tendering process. The vehicles have been included in the French purchasing group’s catalogue for 24 months, with the possibility of extending the contract.