France: RATP Group Tests a Hydrogen Bus from Solaris

By October 23, 2020 2   min read  (408 words)

October 23, 2020 |

RATP Group Tests a Hydrogen Bus from Solaris with Help from Air Liquide

The RATP group, world leader in public transport and a player committed to sustainable development, is testing a hydrogen bus for 2 months.

The experiment, which begins this Monday, October 19, aims to enrich the knowledge of the RATP group on hydrogen. Before traveling in real operating conditions with passengers on line 185, the bus (12m) will be subjected to a series of drastic technical tests. He will be based at the Thiais bus center, in Val-de-Marne. The hydrogen will be supplied by the Air Liquide station locatd in the town of Loges-en-Josas.

Hydrogen is a major issue for the years to come, as shown by its importance in national and European recovery plans.

This experiment confirms the RATP group’s desire to continue to be at the forefront of the energy transition by exploring all the 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 therefore offers the hydrogen sector and rolling stock manufacturers to test the fuel cell equipment they develop under real operating conditions.

For Marie-Claude Dupuis, Deputy General Manager of the RATP group in charge of strategy, innovation and development, “the RATP group, committed to the development of smart and sustainable cities, is proud to collaborate with Solaris to test its Urbino 12 hydrogen bus. Hydrogen is indeed a major issue for the years to come. Through this experiment, the Group continues to be at the forefront of the energy transition by testing new energies. ”

“The RATP group is one of the most modern carriers in Europe, its ambitious plans to transform the bus fleet are admirable. Advanced hydrogen technology could become one of the solutions leading to environmentally friendly public transport and the inhabitants of contemporary cities, ”said Petros Spinaris, Deputy CEO Solaris .

Pierre-Etienne Franc, Director of Air Liquide’s global hydrogen energy activity : “Hydrogen is one of the key solutions for meeting the challenge of clean transport. It is particularly suitable for the decarbonisation of heavy vehicles used intensively by advantageously combining a high range with a short recharging time. As a pioneer, Air Liquide has developed unique expertise enabling it to master the entire hydrogen supply and distribution chain. This is why we are proud to collaborate with the RATP group for this hydrogen bus test, which will be recharged at the Air Liquide station in Loges-en-Josas. “

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