Cologne returns to Solaris for hydrogen order

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RVK already has Solaris Urbino hydrogen buses in service and on order, and has opted to take more of the type. RVK


Cologne transport operator Regionalverkehr Köln (RVK) has returned to Solaris to supply new hydrogen-powered buses. Its latest order calls for nine Urbino 12 and 11 articulated Urbino 18 hydrogen buses, which will take the total number of the type in service with the operator to 84. RVK already has 46 in service, with another 18 vehicles in production and delivery before the latest order, which are expected to arrive in the first half of 2025.

“For us, another order for Solaris hydrogen buses of this number demonstrates the high level of confidence in our company and its products. It’s also a sign that the development toward innovative and emission-free public transportation is progressing rapidly. We are proud that RVK, as a pioneer in this field, has once again opted for our vehicles and that our long-standing, trusting cooperation can be further strengthened in this way,” said Managing Director of Solaris Deutschland Christian Goll.

Managing Director of RVK Marcel Frank added: “Step by step we are getting closer to meeting our goal: no emissions at all. Working together with local authorities and our transportation board, we invested very early in hydrogen solutions, including the appropriate infrastructure. As a result, as a major regional carrier, we already have a full hydrogen mobility network in place.”

The ordered Urbino 12 and 18 buses are equipped with the latest fuel cells with powers of 70kW and 100kW respectively, with a guaranteed range for both vehicles of 350km regardless of atmospheric and topographic conditions.