Hamburg latest to sign up to hydrogen public transport

Hamburg will deploy a fleet of twelve zero-emission hydrogen-powered buses in tandem with municipal operator Hamburger Hochbahn. 

The 12-metre-long buses are slated to be deployed onto the streets of Hamburg by the second quarter of 2024.

The Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen units will be powered by energy derived from a 70 kW hydrogen fuel cell. 

“The city of the future is a people- and environment-friendly space. We believe that modern public transport plays a key role in the sustainable development of towns and cities. We are proud to be able to exert a real impact in this regard by delivering our zero-emission buses,” said Javier Irriarte, CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach.

Each bus ordered will carry up to 70 passengers, including 26 people seated. Moreover, the carrier has opted for an enclosed driver’s cab and a conventional 2-2-2 door layout.

“Fuel cell technology remains an important strategic option for Hochbahn. With the five vehicles now on ordered, we will be able to use serial production-ready hydrogen buses in everyday operations for the first time,” commented Henrik Falk, CEO Hamburger Hochbahn.

The move follows that of German public transport operator Deutsche Bahn (DB), which earlier this month selected CaetanoBus to supply an initial order of 60 H2.City Gold hydrogen fuel cell buses, the first of which is scheduled to be in service in early 2024.

Thomas Klaus, Head of Buses Procurement Regio Germany at Deutsche Bahn, said at the time: “From this framework agreement, Deutsche Bahn expects to have 60 H2.City Golds from CaetanoBus in operation by 2026. Electric hydrogen-powered buses are filled up faster than the batteries of a purely electric bus are charged, and their long range is clearly the big advantage of this technology to replace diesel buses and to promote a smooth transition of our operations.”