Venice to buy 90 hydrogen buses from Solaris

Transport company Azienda Veneziana della Mobilita orders 75 units of 12-metre Urbino and 15 articulated Urbino 18 buses; with 35kg of hydrogen for a 12-metre bus and 50kg for an articulated vehicle, these buses can travel a minimum of 350 kilometres.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 13 Sep 2023 Views icon2480 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Venice, one of the world’s unique cities, which is facing a host of challenging environmental issues, is another Italian city that is committed to developing emission-free mobility, not only through the purchase of battery buses but also hydrogen-powered ones. Solaris has announced that it has secured a major contract to supply hydrogen buses to Venice.

Transport company Azienda Veneziana della Mobilita has ordered a total of 90 hydrogen Solaris buses, with 75 of them being the 12-metre Urbino hydrogen version and 15 articulated Urbino 18 hydrogen buses.

According to the agreement, these vehicles will be delivered to Venice gradually, starting from November 2025, and the deliveries will be completed in the first weeks of 2026.

At present, 30 battery-powered Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses and 4 hydrogen-powered Urbino 12 are already plying in and around Venice.

On September 11, the Italian cities of Bologna and Ferrara confirmed an order for 130 hydrogen-powered vehicles will bring them closer to achieving their ambitious goal of transforming urban public transport to entirely zero-emission one by 2030. Bologna and Ferrara have opted for Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses, which, today, are one of the most popular hydrogen-powered buses across Europe.

Solaris Urbino hydrogen buses are entirely emission-free vehicles that use hydrogen converted into electrical energy as their power source. One of the advantages of hydrogen buses, besides their emission-free and quiet operation, is their long range on a single refueling. With approximately 35kg of hydrogen for a 12-metre bus and 50kg for an articulated vehicle, these buses can travel a minimum of 350 kilometres.

A new feature in the hydrogen buses for AVM will be the hydrogen refuelling valves located on both sides of the buses above the front wheel arch.

In Europe, interest in a zero-emission solution based on hydrogen technology is constantly growing. Solaris is the European leader in this segment, with deliveries and contracts already covering more than 300 hydrogen buses.

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