Bolzano orders 12 hydrogen buses

Bolzano orders 12 hydrogen buses

The Italian city of Bolzano has ordered 12 hydrogen buses from bus manufacturer Solaris as it invests in “modern and clean” public transport.

Ballard Power Systems today said its fuel cell modules will power the buses, deployed under the JIVE (Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles Across Europe) funding programme.

The Canadian company has received a purchase order from Solaris for 12 FCmove™-HD fuel cell modules.

“This now brings the total number of Ballard fuel cell modules ordered for buses under the European JIVE programme to 92, with deployments planned in Germany, France, the UK – including both England and Scotland – and now Italy,” said Rob Campbell, Ballard’s Chief Commercial Officer.

“We have collaborated with Solaris for a number of years and are very pleased to now provide our latest generation fuel cell power modules for the Bolzano deployment.”

The fuel cell buses are capable of traveling 350km on a single hydrogen refuelling and are equipped with a climate control system which is powered by the fuel cell module.

The fuel cell modules are expected to ship in 2020 and the buses are expected to be deployed with SAS Bolzano by 2021.

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