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Hydrogenics Receives Order for Fuel-Cell Hybrid MidiBus

The fuel-cell hybrid Midibus

Hydrogenics Corporation has received a US$460,000 order for a Fuel Cell Hybrid MidiBus (earlier post) from Rheinbahn Rheinische Bahngesellschaft AG, the public transit authority of the greater metropolitan Dusseldorf area in Germany.

The fuel cell and 72V alkaline battery system produces 25 kW of total power for the traction drive, which delivers 235 Nm of torque. The bus has a top speed of 33 km/h (20.5 mph). Two roof-mounted 2.9 kg tanks store a total of 5.8 kg of compressed hydrogen.

The hybrid design gives the Midibus a range of 200 km (124 miles), compared with only 60 to 80 km if powered by batteries alone.

This order follows the previous success of the Fuel Cell MidiBus road certification by the German TUV and demonstration with the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) regional government in partnership with the European Union.

The Fuel Cell Hybrid MidiBus is intended to be used over a 5-year period and is targeted for a range of niche transit applications, primarily in urban centers.



"The bus has a top speed of 33 km/h (20.5 mph)", I wonder if that is a typing mistake, or if that bus is really so slow (33 km/h max = 25 km/h average ?)

Second; I thought that LiON battery technology was superior to alkaline for transport purpose, but since I'm not an expert on that, does anyone know why they've chosen alkaline ?


tom deplume

20 mph is fast enough for specific transit purposes such as a parking lot shuttle for airports, downtowns, and large suburban malls.

Robert McLeod

$460 000 for one bus?


Somebody knows the pressure of the compressed hydrogen stored in the 5,8 kg roof tanks of this MidiBus?




They will buy only one bus, with the given price.

Cheryl Ho

DME developments in China:
Since DME has an advantage of decomposition at lower temperature than methane and LPG, R&D for hydrogen source for fuel cell has been carried out.

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National Development Reform Commission NDRC
Ministry of Energy for Mongolia

Production of DME/ Methanol through biomass
gasification could potentially be commercialized
Shandong University completed Pilot plant in Jinan and
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