France–A first in France, riders in the Haut-de France mining basin will soon be riding on buses whose only exhaust coming out of their tailpipes will be water.
Starting this summer six of these hydrogen buses will be operating on the roads of the Haut-de-France mining basin.
So far 12 million euros have been invested involving the construction of an on-site hydrogen production facility in Houdain (Pas-de-Calais). The station will be able to produce 136 kilos of hydrogen per day, just a little more than what is needed to power the buses. The buses will have a range of 330 km per day. Commissioned this summer
The buses are scheduled to be running in the next few months on the line linking Auchel to Bruay-la-Buissière.
Plans are also in place for Pau to be the second city to start running these type of hydrogen fuel cell powered buses in the next few months.