Today, 12 September, the first fuel cell buses have been inaugurated in Versailles. The two Van Hool bus are in daily operation on line 264 between Versailles and Jouy-en-Josas (Yvelines) since September 9th. The buses will be refuelled in 20 minutes at the hydrogen refuelling station in Jouy-en-Josas.
Mercedes-Benz is back in the game! Two articulated fuel cell buses will be delivered by end 2021 to public transport operator Hochbahn in Hamburg.
OV-bureau Groningen Drenthe awards the tender for green hydrogen to Shell Nederland. Shell will build a Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS) at the Peizerweg bus depot in Groningen. At the same time Qbuzz orders 20 fuel cell buses with the Belgium based bus company Van Hool. The project is supported at European level by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking as part of the JIVE2 project.
The Directive (EU) 2019/1161 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 amending Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles - known as "Clean Vehicle Directive" was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 12 July 2019. It means that the text has become European law. The text will enter into force twenty days after its publication, i.e. on 2 August 2019.
Aberdeen is set to become the first city in the world to introduce hydrogen-powered double decker buses. The new additions to the hydrogen fleet will underline the city’s role as a pioneer in green energy. The contract which was signed this month will deliver 15 city buses. The project has been funded by Aberdeen City Council, European Union (FCH JU) and Scottish Government with an investment of about £500k per vehicle, building on the initial research funding contributed by the Scottish Cities Alliance.
Last Friday, the first fuel cell bus was inaugurated by the transport authority in the area: the Artois-Gohelle transport authority (SMT-AG) in the presence of Xavier Bertrand, president of the Region Hauts-de-France. This bus is the first one of a fleet of six fuel cell buses, which will be used on the new Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRT) bus line “Bulle 6” between les towns of Auchel and Bruay-la-Buissière.
Yesterday at the UITP summit (10/6/2019), the keys of the new Van Hool fuel cell bus were handed over by bus OEM Jan Van Hool to Jens Conrad from Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK).
This bus is one the 30 buses ordered by RVK last year, along with 10 buses for Wuppertal. The buses will gradually enter in service this autumn.
Everfuel, Wrightbus, Ballard Power Systems, Hexagon Composites, Nel Hydrogen and Ryse Hydrogen, are joining forces to form the H2Bus Consortium. This consortium aims to achieve the biggest deployment of hydrogen fuel cell buses in Europe to date: 1000 buses, along with supporting infrastructure, in European cities at commercially competitive rates.