Ballard Power Systems announced that Solaris Bus & Coach, a European bus manufacturer, has ordered 96 hydrogen fuel cell engines – the largest order Solaris has placed with Ballard to date. Delivery of the fuel cell engines is expected in late 2023.
52 of the engines will power Solaris’ Urbino hydrogen buses, which will be deployed by Rebus Regionalbus Rostock, a public transport operator based in Güstrow, Germany. To support this fleet and the future growth of hydrogen-powered local public transportation, Rebus is also constructing two hydrogen refueling stations at depots in Güstrow and Bad Doberan.
In addition, 44 of the fuel cell engines will be utilized to power Solaris’ buses in several European cities. These orders will be added to the more than 110 fuel cell buses that Solaris has currently deployed in its fleet across Europe.
"We believe these orders demonstrate broader acceptance of fuel cell buses that are driving deployment-level volumes for our customer and is a signpost on the journey towards decarbonization of city buses and the potential of widespread fuel cell bus adoption,” said David Mucciacciaro, Ballard Chief Commercial Officer.