A hydrogen-powered bus was tested on the streets of Brasov, a well-known mountain resort in central Romania, as local authorities wanted environmentally friendly public transport in the city. (Photo source: Primaria Municipiului Brasov on Facebook).
According to a press release, the municipality of Brasov has so far signed and partially maintained 133 environmentally friendly means of transport, electric buses, trolleybuses and hybrid buses.
After the test drives of the hydrogen-powered bus and based on a comparative study between electric and hydrogen buses to be completed in November, Brasov will decide on the future of mobility in the city. The municipality wants to raise European funds to buy more environmentally friendly means of transport.
According to Ovidiu Borcea, Solaris representative in Romania, the hydrogen bus charges in around 5-10 minutes and offers a range of around 350 km while maintaining the advantages of an electric motor. Its price is around 700,000 euros, which is around 100,000 euros more expensive than the electric version.
The hydrogen bus produced by Solaris was also tested in Cluj-Napoca and Târgu Mureș. Next, test drives will take place in Sfântu Gheorghe, Iaşi, Galaţi, Constanţa, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Craiova, Timişoara, Oradea and Bucharest.