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Germany: Fuel Cell Buses for Bielefeld

By July 31, 2019 4   min read  (587 words)

July 31, 2019 |

Bielefeld Hydrogen2

On Monday, July 29, the FDP Bundestag members Frank Schäffler and Christian Sauter visited us on their OWL tour with a hydrogen car. The reason for this was the exchange on alternative drive technologies and the planning for testing fuel cell buses on line 29.

The use of fuel cell buses on line 29 is planned as a test phase for the alternative drive technology. The money comes from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the grant application was recently approved. Kai-Uwe Steinbrecher, Business Unit Manager Technology at moBiel, is pleased: “We have really thought about alternative drive technologies and are happy to finance a pilot operation thanks to the funds. The discussions about pollutants in city centers show that we have to develop alternative concepts. «

Bielefeld HydrogenThe FDP Bundestag members Frank Schäffler and Christian Sauter visited us on Monday on their OWL tour with a hydrogen car and pleaded for technology openness in engine technology: “Battery-powered electric cars also have environmental disadvantages. Testing alternatives is therefore the right course of action. Not the state should determine which type of drive is the best. After a start-up phase, this must be decided by the citizens through their use and purchase, so competition of technologies is of central importance. The fuel cell has great potential and, like alternative fuels, needs urgent further testing, “said Schäffler and Sauter.

Tender is timely

The cost of purchasing a bus is between 625,000 and 650,000 euros. A solo diesel bus costs about 260,000 euros for comparison. The EU-wide call for tenders will be timely. Kai-Uwe Steinbrecher explains: “We currently see the future more in fuel cell technology than in purely battery-powered buses.” Chairman of the Bielefeld FDP, Jan Maik Schlifter, welcomes the purchase of the hydrogen buses. »With CDU and Bielefeld Center, we have applied for a pilot test of hydrogen for individual mobility for Bielefeld. MoBiel is already here. It would be ideal if you could combine both, for example, on the question of petrol stations. «

Stadtwerke Bielefeld Gruppe wants to intelligently network energy of all kinds. Kai-Uwe Steinbrecher: »Sector coupling will be a big issue for us in the future. The individual areas of our corporate group are almost predestined to find common solutions. Hydrogen production, with green, ie environmentally friendly electricity, would be a step in the direction of energy and transport. «

Pilot operation on the 29th line

The fuel cell buses are to be used on line 29 in the test phase. The line is 7.6 kilometers long and leads straight through the city center. There will be only the new buses in the future. In addition, a hydrogen filling plant is needed, which is also being purchased.

Bus fleet today with a high standard

It should not be forgotten that moBiel has been one of the leading German transport companies for years in the use of modern environmental technology in buses. Most moBiel buses – 109 out of 122 – already have the Euro 6 emissions standard – the currently most demanding European emission standard for buses and trucks. By 2020, we will complete the conversion to these exceptionally clean buses, making us Germany’s leading provider. Kai-Uwe Steinbrecher comments: »Compared to other major cities, our quota puts us in the lead. If the fuel cell buses are added now, we will not have to hide in the industry. ”

Incidentally, a large part of public transport in Bielefeld is already running on green electricity – the StadtBahn system. Last year, we transported almost 60.1 million people. A large part of it, namely nearly 58 per cent of the passengers, drove with the city railway.

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