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Solaris to deliver hydrogen buses to Walbrzych

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Global Hydrogen Review,

Solaris Bus & Coach will deliver hydrogen buses to the city of Walbrzych, Poland. The contract covers the delivery of 20 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses, including an option to purchase an additional 25 vehicles.

Walbrzych is therefore yet another Polish city that is investing in sustainable hydrogen-based public transport. According to the contract signed, the first units will be delivered to Walbrzych in September 2024.

The vehicles ordered will be the first ever hydrogen-powered vehicles to be deployed in the city. In Poland, hydrogen vehicles already successfully operate routes in the cities of Konin, Poznan and Lublin.

“Solaris is committed to creating more sustainable and environmentally friendly towns and cities. We are extremely proud that the city of Walbrzych has chosen us as a partner to introduce hydrogen technology to its public transport. Hydrogen buses improve the quality of air in the city and, at the same time, they offer long ranges and superior travel comfort”, said Dariusz Michalak, CTO at Solaris Bus & Coach, who attended the contract signing.

The most important feature of the new hydrogen buses is their zero-emission driveline. The Urbino 12 hydrogen vehicles use energy derived from hydrogen, which is converted into electricity in a fuel cell. The chemical reaction that takes place in the fuel cell is extremely clean, as its only by-products are water and heat. The buses also boast an impressively long range, and refuelling takes just a dozen or so minutes.

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