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Austria: Federal Government Supports New Graz Hydrogen and Electric buses with €3.3 million in Funding

By May 6, 2019 2   min read  (363 words)

May 6, 2019 |

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Wolfgang Malik, CEO of Holding Graz, announced on Friday that he had received the green light from the federal government on the “Zero Emission Mobility” Project for Graz.

After “Greater Graz” is already Austria’s first model region for electromobility, now follows the logical and next energy policy milestone. The “Zero Emission Mobility” project today received a grant of  3.3 million euros a message that particularly pleases the mayors Siegfried Nagl is proud of the urban development and emphasizes the importance of promoting the smart and ecological development of public transport: “This project is the next milestone on the way to a pollutant-free public transport system in Graz. In addition to new e-buses, we are also testing hydrogen buses on two lines in Graz for their suitability for everyday use. With this result, the best ecological technology will be selected at the next bus purchase.”

Wolfgang Malikis Holding Graz CEO said, “The Paris climate targets, the Climate and Energy Strategy 2030 of our Federal Government, as well as the recently adopted within the framework of the EU Presidency Grazer Declaration underline our project goal – the share of public transport and the proportion of efficient and alternative drive systems in Greater Graz. “, Malik is convinced that his project team has made the right strategic decision. Implementation of the on-demand airport shuttle will provide insightful results on the need for and expansion of flexible connectivity across major city hotspots. The research results and the findings,

“Zero Emission Mobility” is a consortium of 15 partners who have devoted all their know-how to the future of mobility, low-emission and emission-free vehicles, infrastructures and services, and have been working feverishly since the beginning of the year.

Concrete actions

Specifically, the following measures are prepared by our mobility and energy experts:

  • Implementation of an operational concept for the decarbonisation of two bus lines in Graz
  • Demonstration of a bus line with sustainable hydrogen drive. Line 66: from Grottenhof to St. Peter Schulzentrum
  • Demonstration of a fully electrified bus line.
  • Implementation of a battery-electric on-demand shuttle between Graz Airport and ÖBB station.
  • Expansion and operation of charging and tank infrastructure, including a hydrogen filling station and e-loading units at stops and our operating sites.

 

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