On July 8th in the presence in particular of Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the first hydrogen station in Le Mans will be officially inaugurated.
The hydrogen station has been jointly funded by Le Mans Métropole, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the Pays-de-la-Loire region.
Stéphane Le Foll, President of Le Mans Métropole said, “The metropolis plans to acquire a fleet of ten buses powered by hydrogen in the next three years, with the aim of promoting innovation for mobility and environmental preservation.”
For this first bus out of the Safra factories in Albi, Le Mans Métropole will pay no less than 810,000 euros. A cost much higher than that of vehicles already in service: “For a standard bus, it takes 250,000 euros. Hydrogen is much more expensive but we hope that the market will develop quickly so that we can have more prices interesting by way of invitations to tender “ assures Jean-François Soulard, the president of SETRAM.