Hydrogen mobility is gaining traction as a key solution to decarbonise the transportation sector, and industry leaders are highlighting its importance to policymakers. In a recent online workshop, organised by Hydrogen Europe and Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, EU policymakers, industry players and knowledge parties came together to discuss the successes of EU projects and understand future opportunities in the sector.
The Municipal Transport Company of Palma de Mallorca (EMT) presented on 10 March the first three green hydrogen buses in Palma, which will be incorporated into its fleet in the coming days on different routes.
The new vehicles, which are 12 metres long, will be used on various routes starting this week and are part of the five acquired by EMT.
EMT will be the first customer of the green hydrogen plant in Lloseta, the first industrial renewable hydrogen plant in Spain.
The German company Stadtwerke Aschaffenburg Verkehrs GmbH has opted for 12 hydrogen buses manufactured by Solaris. As a result, ten Urbino 12 hydrogen buses and two Urbino 18 hydrogen buses will go to one of the largest cities in the Lower Franconia region. This is Solaris' first order for 18-metre hydrogen buses, which went on the market in the autumn of 2022. The 10 Urbino 12 hydrogen vehicles ordered, and the two 18-metre buses will be on the streets of Aschaffenburg from 2024.
The German state railway group Deutsche Bahn (DB), which also operates local public road transport services, has reached a framework agreement with Portuguese manufacturer Caetanobus for the supply of hydrogen-powered vehicles, which will start running in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein from 2024.
Part of Wrightbus’ business is the manufacturing of hydrogen-powered buses. The proposed hydrogen production facility aims to provide the buses and other hydrogen-powered vehicles already in use with a reliable source of fuel.
In three days, it will drive six hundred kilometres through the streets of Most in a test run. It will be deployed on a demanding route with several elevation changes, it has only water vapour coming out of its exhaust, and it is powered by an unconventional fuel - hydrogen! This is the unique CaetanoBus, designed in cooperation with Toyota and expected to provide Most with accurate data on whether hydrogen is a promising future fuel for public transport vehicles.
On 1 December, the final event of the Central and Eastern Europe Bus roadshow (CEE) in Croatia was held at the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum. This hydrogen bus roadshow was organised in the framework of the JIVE2 project, co-financed by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, which aims to promote the commercialisation of hydrogen-powered buses by procuring and deploying 300 buses in Europe.
A CaetanoBus hydrogen fuel cell bus started its 7-day tour of Slovenia on 17 November in Tolmin with an environmental consultation on the possibilities of using hydrogen technologies for bus transport, organised by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Northern Primorska region and attended by representatives of municipalities, universities, hydrogen associations and hydrogen professionals from several EU countries.