The trial, which begins on Monday 19 October, aims to improve RATP Group’s hydrogen know-how. Before driving in real operating conditions with passengers on bus route 185, the bus (12 metres) will be subjected to a battery of drastic technical tests. It will be based at the Thiais bus depot in Val-de-Marne. Hydrogen will be supplied by the Air Liquide plant in Loges-en-Josas.
Hydrogen is a major challenge for the coming years, as demonstrated by its importance in national and European recovery plans.
This trial confirms RATP Group’s desire to continue to be at the forefront of energy transition by exploring all technical solutions under development. It complements those launched with Van Hool and Safra buses (7 buses in total) by Île-de-France Mobilités.
The Group is therefore proposing to the hydrogen sector and manufacturers of rolling stock to trial the fuel cell buses they are developing in real operating conditions.
Marie-Claude Dupuis, Deputy Managing Director of RATP Group in charge of strategy, innovation and development, said: “RATP Group is committed to the development of smart and sustainable cities and is proud to work with Solaris in trialling its Urbino 12 hydrogen bus. Hydrogen is a real challenge for the coming years and, with this trial, the Group is continuing to be at the forefront of energy transition by testing new energies.”
“RATP Group is one of the most modern transport businesses in Europe, its ambitious bus fleet conversion plans are admirable. Ground-breaking hydrogen technology could become one of the solutions for public transport that protects the environment and the residents of contemporary cities”, said Petros Spinaris, Deputy Managing Director of Solaris.
Pierre-Etienne Franc, Director of Air Liquide’s global hydrogen energy business: “Hydrogen is one of the key solutions to the challenge of clean transport. It is particularly suited to the decarbonation of intensively used heavy vehicles by favourably combining a long range with a short charge time. As a pioneer, Air Liquide has developed a unique expertise enabling it to master the entire hydrogen supply and distribution chain. That’s why we are proud to work with RATP Group on trialling this hydrogen bus, which will be charged at the Air Liquide station in Loges-en-Josas”.