Le Mans on board with fuel cell buses

The city of Le Mans has decided to invest in hydrogen including in fuel cell buses. A dozen of vehicles will be operated by the local operator SETRAM - representing over 10% of the bus fleet. This deployment will take place in collaboration with the region Pays de La Loire and the Automobile Club of Western part of France (ACO). This plans was presented at the Assises de l'automobile. 

Proton and Skoda bring new fuel cell bus to European market

Proton Power Systems has signed a letter of intent with Skoda Electric with the objective of entering into a cooperation to develop, sell and service fuel cell electric buses using Proton's modular ‘HyRange’ systems.

Proton announced that the first prototype buses build by Skoda would be brought into operation for European bus operators, with an initial target of at least 10 vehicles by the first quarter of 2020.

Fuel cell buses discussed at the EUROCITIES Mobility Forum

The EUROCITIES Mobility Forum promotes clean and sustainable urban mobility, and aims to raise awareness of the contributions being made, and challenges met, at local level. With this is mind, the forum meets several times per year to discuss different topics. On March 13th, 14th and 15th the EUROCITIES Mobility Forum organised a conference to exchange best practices in Karlsruhe, Germany. The topic of this Mobility Forum meeting was Empowering cities to go carbon neutral.

Press release: Aberdeen’s pioneering hydrogen bus project arrives at major milestone

Aberdeen City Council, 30th January 2019 - Aberdeen’s fleet of hydrogen buses has exceeded the million mile mark as the city’s reputation as a global energy innovator continues to build.

The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project comprises two European funded initiatives and has grown to encompass a fleet of 10 vehicles operated by First Group and Stagecoach.

UK updates : National co-funding awarded – new cities joining the “hydrogen club”

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is one of the main national programmes supporting the uptake of zero emission mobility in the UK. Two key OLEV awards for the hydrogen bus sector took place last week :

Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme - 20 fuel cell buses for Brighton & Hoves buses 

Dutch channel NPO airs programme on hydrogen transport - including fuel cell buses

Dutch channel NPO has aired a programme on hydrogen transport in the Netherlands on the 23rd of January 2019.

The video covers the production of hydrogen as well as it's use in transport - for cars and for public transport buses.

One of the buses operated by QBuzz in Groningen, part of the High V.LO-City project, is featuring in the programme. QBuzz explains, among others, how hydrogen can be used to clean public transport fleets.