“The first pilot project of the HUMDA hydrogen bus will be launched in Debrecen. The public can test the bus free of charge for a month in our city,” Mayor of Debrecen László Papp wrote in a recent Facebook post.

Passengers can travel free of charge for one month on the 12-metre Solaris Urbino 12 electric H2 bus.

DKV has also issued a press release about the test run, announcing the launch of the new bus. They say that in Debrecen, passengers will be the first to test the Solaris hydrogen fuel cell bus in regular service. 

The bus is part of the pilot project of HUMDA HUMDA Magyar Mobilitás-fejlesztési Ügynökség Zrt., a member of the Széchenyi University Group. 

The vehicle will run on several routes for four weeks and will return for another four weeks in six months. Passengers will be able to try out the bus, which is free of charge, has no local air pollution and very low noise emissions.

The 12-metre Solaris Urbino 12 electric H2 bus, with a capacity of 89 passengers and a three-door door, will be in service in Debrecen until the 1st of February, after which it will be in service in Miskolc, Kecskemét, Kaposvár, Zalaegerszeg and Győr for a month, and then will return to the same locations. This will allow operational experience to be gathered in different weather conditions. The bus’s 70 kW hydrogen fuel cell produces electricity and water vapour as a by-product through the electrochemical reaction of pure hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen, and is powered by an electric motor. The experience gained over a year will not only help decision-makers but also convince passengers of the benefits of modern solutions.

“In addition to awareness-raising, the project aims to collect data and produce analyses based on comparisons with operational data from the Green Bus Programme. The data will be used to help those interested in clean vehicles and hydrogen technology to make purchasing decisions and to create solutions that make sense environmentally, technologically and economically. We will also organise a professional and career orientation day at each of the locations during the roadshow,”  Virág Mészáros, CEO of HUMDA, said. 

“We are proud to participate again in the hydrogen fuel cell bus sample project organised by HUMDA, as we had the opportunity to test the bus in the Budapest agglomeration the year before last,” he added. 

The vehicle in the sample project is powered by a ZF AV 130 integrated electric motor and can cover a distance of 400-450 kilometres on a single charge of the composite hydrogen tanks on the roof, which have a total capacity of 1560 litres. The tanks can store a total of 36.8 kilograms of hydrogen gas. “We are particularly pleased that the Solaris Urbino 12 electric H2 bus is being tested in Debrecen, Hungary,”  Tamás Szőke, Managing Director of Prim-Vol Trade Kft. and the Hungarian distributor of Solaris vehicles, said. 

“Messer Hungarogáz Ltd. as a hydrogen manufacturer and technology expert will ensure the continuous supply of hydrogen fuel cell buses for 12 months at 6 rural locations. Our aim is to introduce public transport operators interested in hydrogen propulsion to the hydrogen fuel cell bus and to gain experience in hydrogen refuelling. The hydrogen refuelling service is carried out with a trailer hydrogen refuelling unit. The advantage of this technical solution is that it is quick and easy to commission and relocate, as the filling unit has to be installed at a new location every month, which we can do within one day,” Zsolt Bohner, Managing Director of Messer Hungarogáz Kft. emphasised.

HUMDA Magyar Autó-Motorsport és Zöld Mobilitás-fejlesztési Ügynökség Zrt. will continue the joint communication of the Green Bus Programme and the subsidy scheme for several electric vehicles under the HUMDA Green brand.

Source: dehir.hu

Author: Debrecen4U