It is now widely acknowledged that the future of public transport buses will have to be zero-emission. Fuel cell electric buses (FCEB’s - also called hydrogen buses) are one of the technologies that meet that requirement.
Recently , the first fuel cell electric buses of the 3Emotion project, funded by the FCH-JU, will run for the first time on line 70 of public transport operator RET in Rotterdam.
"The hydrogen bus emissions are pure water vapor, which means that we are 100% clean in Rotterdam for the first time. A beautiful preparation for the future, "said Maurice Unck, General Director of the RET. To celebrate the fact that the bus is on line 70, the RET today offers for every 10th traveler entering the hydrogen bus, a tree via treesforall.nl.
The two hydrogen buses are part of an RET pilot to try out new technologies for emission-free driving. A test that closely matches the RET's plans to drive a fully clean bus fleet in the future. "The government has stated that no diesel buses will be purchased from 2025 and that all diesel buses for public transport will disappear from the street image by 2030," said Maurice Unck.
The buses are manufactured by Van Hool and fuel at the existing refuelling station of Air Liquide in Rotterdam.