11 hydrogen mobility projects in France selected for public funding

11 hydrogen mobility projects have been selected by The Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition and the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) making the projects eligible for public financial support.
France launched this call for projects in “Hydrogen mobility ecosystems” last October. The Ministry and Ademe comment in a statement about the call that it is “a real success” and shows “an unprecedented interest in the deployment of hydrogen”.

Arcola Energy opens new facility for manufacturing, installation and maintenance of zero emission buses

Arcola Energy will open a new manufacturing, installation and maintenance facility in the Liverpool City Region.

This new facility will have the capability to build, install and service hundreds of zero-emission vehicle powertrain systems in the first year of operation. A press release issued by Arcola Energy states that in recognition of the rapid ongoing expansion in both the battery and hydrogen vehicle market sufficient space has been acquired to quickly expand to thousands of systems per year. 

Delegation of 18 European Embassies and Chambers of Commerce travelled by hydrogen bus

On March 26, Green Visits arranged a tour for Embassies and Chambers of Commerce in Oslo, Norway. 18 European nations participated in the demonstration tour that gave insight into sustainable and innovative solutions in Norway. During the tour the delegation was transported with a Van Hool hydrogen bus from the Norwegian operator Ruter, who is also a partner in the JIVE 2 project.

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.