JV forms for hydrogen buses

A group of companies have formed a joint venture to develop zero-emission transport.

Six companies have come together to form H2Bus, a consortium aiming to build 1,000 electric buses powers by hydrogen fuel cells across European cities.

The member companies are:

<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>Ballard Power Systems – Canadian zero-emission fuel cell developer

<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>Everfuel – Danish hydrogen mobility specialist

<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>Wrightbus – Northern Irish bus manufacturer

<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>Hexagon Composites – Norwegian pressure cylinder specialist

<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>Nel Hydrogen – Norwegian hydrogen company

<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>Ryse Hydrogen – UK-based hydrogen company

British Columbia-based Ballard Power Systems will be among the speakers at inspiratia’s Electric Vehicle & Sustainability summit in Whistler, Canada, on November 19-22. 

The first phase of the H2Bus project, which envisions 600 new buses, will benefit from funding to the tune of €40 million (£35m US$45m) from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility. It will comprise 200 new buses, along with supporting infrastructure, in each of three countries, namely the UK, Denmark and Latvia.

According to H2Bus, it will provide the most cost-effective zero-emission bus option on the market. After funding, each bus will cost around €375,000, with hydrogen itself costing between €5-7 per kilogram and a service cost of €0.30 per kilometre.

Wrightbus, for its part, will develop new double-deckers, single-decker and articulated buses that will run on fuel cells.

 

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