The EU's hydrogen initiative Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe (JIVE) aims to promote the commercialization of fuel cell buses through the development of vehicles and infrastructure.
Oslo and Akershus participate in the program, through the purchase of 10 hydrogen buses. Routes are responsible for acquiring the buses, which will be scheduled in Asker and Bærum.
County Council chairman Anette Solli, climate and environmental minister Ola Elvestuen, Marie Loe Halvorsen, City Council Secretary for Urban Development and Nils Kristian Nakstad, Managing Director of Enova, met at the hydrogen station for bus at Rosenholm in Oppegård on 13 July to mark the project.
In addition to support from Akershus county municipality and Oslo municipality, Enova supports the project with NOK 38 million for the project.
"It is very good that Enova has entered into support for this hydropower project. It is a powerful contribution so that we can further develop and test hydrogen buses also on our longer regional routes. This is a step towards an unprecedented public transport, says County Governor Anette Solli.
In addition to hydrogen buses, one must establish hydrogen operation with filling infrastructure.
"This project is one of several examples that we are at the forefront when it comes to using emission-free energy sources in the transport sector. It is important that we take this role and contribute to the development of new technologies and to test this, "says climate and Environmental Minister Ola Elvestuen.
Contributes to further development of hydrogen buses
There are currently no class 2 buses, or regional buses that go on hydrogen. There are produced city buses on hydrogen, and 5 such have since 2012 been on a route between Oppegård and Oslo.
"As Ruter now wants to go out of the market and demand class 2 hydrogen buses for regional operations, it will contribute to technology development so that these types of buses will be available with zero emissions," says Anette Solli.