At the beginning of the week, public transport operator RATP began experimenting with a hydrogen-powered bus in real operating conditions with passengers on line 185. Manufactured by Solaris, this 12m bus will be subjected to a battery of drastic technical tests. It will be based at the Thiais bus centre in the Val-de-Marne. The hydrogen will be supplied by the Air Liquide station located in the commune of Loges-en-Josas in the Yvelines.
This experiment complements those launched with Van Hool and Safra buses (7 buses in total) by Île-de-France Mobilités. In this way, the Group is enabling the hydrogen industry and rolling stock manufacturers to test the fuel cell equipment they develop under real operating conditions.
"The RATP group, which is committed to the development of intelligent and sustainable cities, is proud to be working with Solaris to test its Urbino 12 hydrogen bus," comments Marie-Claude Dupuis, Deputy Director General in charge of strategy, innovation and development. "Hydrogen is indeed a major challenge for the years to come. Through this experimentation, the Group continues to be at the forefront of the energy transition by testing new energies," she concludes.