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Everfuel, Wrightbus, Ballard Power Systems, Hexagon Composites, Nel Hydrogen and Ryse Hydrogen—leading players in the hydrogen fuel cell electric value chain—are joining forces to form the H2Bus Consortium. The members are committed to deploying 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, along with supporting infrastructure, in European cities at commercially competitive rates.

The partners says that this hydrogen fuel cell electric bus solution will be the most cost-effective truly zero-emission option available, with a single-decker bus price below €375,000 after funding, a hydrogen price between €5 and €7 per kilogram and a service cost of €0.30 per kilometer.

The zero-tailpipe emission feature of the fuel cell bus’ operation will be complemented by zero-emission hydrogen production from renewable energy sources, yielding a “well-to-wheel” emission-free transportation solution.

It is essential that commercial players join forces to realize the true zero-emission mobility society. The hydrogen fuel cell electric bus is the ideal substitute for fossil solutions, without compromising range, operational ability or cost. Wrightbus is also expanding its product offering to include a fuel cell electric double decker bus, 12-meter single-decker bus and articulated bus in order to serve a wider customer base.

We are currently witnessing the transformation of public transport for the benefit of both current and coming generations and we feel privileged to be part of this transition together with the other consortium members.

—David Barnett, Business Development Director at Wrightbus

Wrightbus will integrate Ballard’s 8th-generation heavy duty power module—FCmove—into H2Bus Consortium buses. FCmove products will be officially launched at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, taking place 9-12 June in Stockholm, Sweden.

The first phase of the project, totalling 600 buses, is supported by €40 million from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The funding will enable the deployment of 200 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and supporting infrastructure in each of Denmark, Latvia and the UK by 2023.

Hydrogen is the zero-emission solution for heavy-duty applications. Hydrogen can efficiently be produced from renewable electricity and distributed in high capacity hydrogen trailers to bus depots. Here, a hydrogen bus can be fueled in five minutes. This is comparable to diesel. We are setting up a dedicated hydrogen value chain to cut costs and, in doing so, to approach operational parity with buses which use traditional fuels.

The H2Bus Consortium provides the complete package including fuel cell buses and hydrogen fuel. We will offer the most affordable zero-emission bus to meet the increasing demand in the largest cities of Europe.

—Jacob Krogsgaard, CEO of Everfuel

Comments

juxx0r

€375,000 is a good price after what €200,000 in "funding".

EV buses are here already, they're cheaper to operate and dont need "funding"

2wheelgreen

Hi - Currently trying to reach you and your contact page doesnt work. louis.johnnaylor@gmail.com

Davemart

Yep, when did BEVs ever get any subsidy?

Give or take a few billion.

HarveyD

This is good news for more H2Buses in EU. Other regions/countries will follow.

Nothing wrong with subsidies (paid for with carbon taxes) for e-buses and H2-buses. H2 generation and storage to reduce pollution and GHGs.

Lad

Hydrogen would be an excellent fuel for airliners...all we need is turbines that will work with hydrogen. Wonder when it will dawn on the regulators that jet engines are killers.

Roger Pham

@lad,
The first gas turbines ever made ran on hydrogen. Future gas turbine using Liquid H2 can have precooling of intake air to gain efficiency by 25%. In combination with the lightness of LH2, future jet planes using LH2 can use 2.5 x less fuel per pound of payload.

HarveyD

H2 buses can already be used on longer runs/routes than battery units and refill many times faster. H2 stations can be located in very few selected places for an entire fleet.

Latest FCs and H2 tanks are good for 30,000+ operating hours and will soon be lighter and cheaper and good for 50,000+ operating hours.

The cost of clean H2 is going down month after month and will continue to do so when more very low cost excess REs become available.

The clean H2 economy is growing fast and will continue to do so.

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