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Fuell cell buses

The special feature of the environmentally friendly articulated buses is the combination of battery and fuel cells, which are used as range extender. In practice, this means that the buses can be operated about 300 kilometres daily and that it is not necessary to recharge the battery during the operation because the energy stored in the battery and the electric energy generated in the fuel cells covers the average daily energy consumption.

The buses are filled up with hydrogen after the end of the daily operation and their batteries are recharged overnight. The hydrogen energy source can be filled up any time irrespective of the time of use. This approach provides new opportunities for storing and using energy flexibly.
Thanks to the fuel cell technology the innovative electric buses hardly emit noise and hardly vibrate. Instead of exhaust fumes they only emit pure steam.

Since 2015 two fully electric battery-fuel cell buses have been operated by Hamburger Hochbahn AG.

The innovative vehicles of the type “Urbino 18.75 electric” have been manufactured by the Polish vehicle manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach. The Düsseldorf traction specialist Vossloh Kiepe delivered the entire traction equipment as well as the 240 kW motors and the power management system for the zero-emission vehicles.

Urbino fuel cell hybrid Solaris