On Tuesday, 29 June, several high-level speakers from different sectors met to discuss the deployment of fuel cell buses (FCBs) and their associated infrastructure. The event was attended by a diverse audience of 150 participants, with a significant presence of Spanish operators and some Latin American attendees.
On Friday, 11 June 2021, a new hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) opened at the Qbuzz bus depot in Groningen. In addition, twenty new VanHool hydrogen buses were presented. This fleet was partly funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) under the JIVE 2 project.
Two cities, Aberdeen (Scotland) and Pau (France), were brought together on Thursday 22nd April to present and discuss their experience of deploying fuel cell buses and their associated infrastructure. A diverse audience of over 100 attendees heard from these two ‘early movers’ about the great benefits that hydrogen brings for local energy system decarbonisation, as well as the practicalities of operating the vehicles and the infrastructure.
German transport operator Regionalverkehr Köln (RVK) has taken delivery of the first of 15 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen fuel cell buses ordered in March 2020. The bus will now be tested at RVK's Wermelskirchen branch in the Rheinisch-Bergisch district. This is the first time a new manufacturer has joined RVK's hydrogen vehicle fleet, which now totals 37 buses.
The Wiesbaden transport operator ESWE Verkehr has ordered ten Caetano H2.City Gold fuel cell buses. Delivery of the first vehicle is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021. The remaining vehicles will follow by the end of November 2021. These emission-free fuel cell buses are another essential element in the implementation of Wiesbaden's clean air plan.