Fuel Cell Buses Start Passenger Service in Brazil
Fuel Cell Buses Start Passenger Service in Brazil
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, March 30, 2016

On  Wednesday,  March  2nd  2016,  the  São  Paulo  Metropolitan  Urban  Transport Company,  EMTU/SP,  an  institution  of  the  Government  of  the  São  Paulo  State, started the operation of 2 fuel cell hybrid buses with passengers in São Bernardo do Campo.

EMTU is the transit authority of 5 metropolitan regions of the São Paulo State, which is formed by 133 municipalities and attends a population of 29, 1 million inhabitants.

The  fuel  cell  buses  are  operating  on  the  segregated  bus  corridor  “São  Mateus- Jabaquara  (ABD)”,  along  the  line  287-P,  from  the  terminal  Santo  André  to Piraporinha, in Diadema, operated by the privat bus operator Metra. It has 45 km and transports in average 300 mil passengers daily, connecting 5 municipalities of the Metropolitan  Region  of  the  São  Paulo,  with  9  metropolitan  terminals,  5  tranfer stations, 156 bus stops and a fleet with 302 vehicles.

Three Brazilian Fuel Cell Buses have built by a Project, implemented through a partnership  among  the  United  Nations  Development  Programme  (UNDP),  the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Brazilian Cooperation Agency ABC and the São Paulo  Metropolitan  Urban  Transport  Company  EMTU/SP,  which  is  the  national project coordinator.

The financing resources for the project implementation have been given by the Global Environment Facilities (GEF) and the Brazilian Financing Agency of Studies and Projects (FINEP).

A  Consortium formed by the following companies:  Ballard Power Systems, BR Petrobras, EPRI International, Hydrogenics, Marcopolo and Tuttotrasporti, market leaders in their segments, have designed and integrated four fuel cell hybrid buses (one prototype and 3 new buses) and a hydrogen production and refueling station based on electrolysis, which is located at the EMTU/SP garage in São Bernardo Campo, São Paulo.

Tribute to the Brazilian Fauna

With the objective to link the environmental friendly technology of the fuel cell buses and of the hydrogen station to the Brazilian Fauna, the bus bodies have been painted with birds representing different Brazilian regions. The first bus is the Ararajuba, bird of the Amazon represents the northeast regions. The second bus is the Tuiuiú, bird symbol of the Pantanal, a swampland, represents the middle east of Brazil, and the third bus is called Sabiá Laranjeira, represents the south and southeast regions and is considered one of the forth Brazilian National symbol.