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Ten hydrogen-powered trolleybuses and filling station to cost EUR 16 miln to Rigas Satiksme

BC, Riga, 16.05.2017.Print version
onstruction of a hydrogen station and ten hydrogen-powered trolleybuses will cost EUR 16.1 mln with half of the amount to be co-financed by the EU, Rigas Satiksme municipal public transport company said.

Rigas Satiksme is a coordinator of the international project H2Nodes which is being implemented not only in Riga but also in Parnu, Estonia, and Arnhem, the Netherlands, to facilitate switching to hydrogen as alternative fuel and use of zero-emission vehicles.

Last year Rigas Satiksme held a tender for supply of ten hydrogen-powered trolleybuses and ten hydrogen-powered buses. The contract worth nearly EUR 21.5 mln (VAT excluded) was awarded to Polish company Solaris Bus & Coach. Trolleybuses will be supplied as part of H2Nodes project, but buses will be purchased separately.

Today was a ground-breaking ceremony for the new hydrogen station. Raitis Mazjanis, a representative of Rigas Satiksme, said that the hydrogen-powered vehicles were already in production and would start running in Riga upon completion of the hydrogen station this fall. The station will be producing hydrogen and filling up the vehicles.

Riga will be the first city in Eastern Europe to have hydrogen-powered public transport, said Ojars Sparitis, President of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.

Fully owned by the Riga City Council, Rigas Satiksme provides bus, tram and trolleybus services to passengers in Riga.

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