Solaris Bus & Coach Adopts Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engines - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  April 3, 2024

Solaris Bus & Coach Adopts Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engines

Solaris Bus & Coach sp. z o.o., a European bus manufacturer, signed a Long Term Supply Agreement (LTSA) for the supply of 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell engines through 2027 for the European transit bus market.

The agreement was signed with  Ballard Power Systems, and the LTSA consolidates existing orders for approximately 300 fuel cell engines while adding after-market and extended warranty services to such existing orders. The agreement also includes a new supply commitment for approximately 700 fuel cell engines incrementally and related after-market extended warranty services. 

The 1,000 units will be made up of approximately 80% FCmove®-HD 70 kW and 20% FCmove®-HD+ 100 kW engines to address both the 12-meter and 18-meter bus markets, with delivery starting in 2024 and running through the end of 2027.

The engines are expected to be deployed in buses across over 22 cities in Europe where Solaris buses are powered by Ballard fuel cell engines. 

The transition to zero emission city buses has accelerated in recent years as the value proposition of hydrogen fuel cells is increasingly understood and includes providing zero emissions, quick refueling, and long range without impact to performance or duty cycle.

"We are excited to continue our work with Ballard and further our progress in the rapidly growing European hydrogen fuel cell bus market as fuel cell vehicles become an increasingly significant share of our production mix. Solaris has become a leader in deploying hydrogen technology in public transport and an experienced partner for European operators. To date, we have delivered nearly 200 hydrogen-powered buses and another over 500 units are in our orderbook for next two years," said Javier Iriarte, Solaris CEO, in a statement

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