Spain's first hydrogen fuel cell bus enters service in Barcelona

The public transport operator Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) has put into service a hydrogen fuel cell bus on a public transport network for the first time in Spain. From 7 April 2022, passengers will be able to travel on this innovative zero-emission bus manufactured by CaetanoBus and powered by green hydrogen produced by Iberdrola.

Seven others will follow this new bus, expected to arrive in Barcelona at the end of this year. These buses have been acquired within the framework of the JIVE 2 project, co-financed by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership.

According to its strategic plan, TMB plans to incorporate 508 clean energy buses by 2025, of which 233 will be electric and 46 hydrogen-powered.

The first eight vehicles to use hydrogen will be supplied with about 20 kilos a day at the plant that Iberdrola has built in the Zona Franca, near the depot where they will be based. At this hydrogen plant, the buses will be able to refuel in just a few minutes and will have a long-range in terms of time and kilometres. The facility began producing hydrogen at the end of last year.

Read the full press release here (in Spanish).

Photos: TMB.