ORLEN hydrogen-powered bus trials to enter second phase in Czech Republic

ORLEN Unipetrol Group’s hydrogen-powered bus pilot operation in the Czech Republic is entering its next phase.

In collaboration with the municipalities of Most and Litvínov, the hydrogen bus will be deployed on specific routes from February 5-11, before a recommendation of whether the buses shall be included in Litvínov Public Transit Authority’s fleet.

The vehicle was developed by the Slovak company Mobility & Innovation Production, boasting a capacity of 68 passengers, with 20 seated. It has a range of up to 350km under hydrogen power, driven by a Siemens Elfa electric motor with a total output of 125kW. The total capacity of its four hydrogen tanks is 10.5kg with a refuelling time of 10 minutes.

ORLEN Group announced earlier this year (2023) that it was planning to expand its network of hydrogen refuelling stations in the country. Currently, the company offers two hydrogen filling stations for cars, buses and trucks.

Read more:ORLEN set to expand its Czech hydrogen refuelling station network

Marek Hrvol, Mayor of Most, said that by opening a hydrogen filling station, “ORLEN Unipetrol allowed us to expand clean, emission-free mobility in our region.”

Tomás Herink, a Member of the ORLEN Unipetrol Board of Directors, added, “We are trying to contribute responsibly to the development of a technology that will soon have an important position in the energy mix to achieve the objectives of clean mobility and decarbonisation that are part of the emission-free development of the EU and Czech Republic.”

The success of the summer trials is expected to be repeated during these winter trials.

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