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.
The testing of the bus will take place in Most thanks to the involvement of the Czech Hydrogen Technology Platform (HYTEP) in the pan-European JIVE 2 project, which aims to bring up to 310 environmentally friendly, emission-free hydrogen buses to the streets of European cities.
The hydrogen bus was presented to the professional public on 5 December and will be in regular operation on line 17 from 6 to 8 December.
The European JIVE 2 project aims to help local authorities decide on purchasing hydrogen buses. "The hydrogen economy needs to be kick-started as quickly as possible. With our support, the JIVE project is succeeding in spreading hydrogen fuel cell buses across Europe, meaningfully reducing the cost of the entire downstream value chain of hydrogen technology, including raising awareness of how it works," explains Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership.
"Thanks to the project, the cities of Most and later Ostrava will be provided with a unique emission-free, environmentally friendly hydrogen-powered bus to test on public lines," notes Aleš Doucek, chairman of the Czech Hydrogen Technology Platform (HYTEP), which is responsible for the testing.
"Most was chosen for the hydrogen bus testing based on the recommendation of the Economic and Social Chamber of the Ústí nad Labem Region, which is helping us to organise the event in the city. Furthermore, the bridge has shown interest in testing the bus in real conditions, and I am pleased that the general public will also be able to test the bus," Doucek adds, noting that Toyota's CaetanoBus hydrogen bus was already tested in Slovenia and Croatia in November and will head to Slovakia and Hungary in 2023.