An ambitious consortium aiming to implement commercial fuel cell electric buses throughout Europe has been established today.

The H2Bus Consortium includes the partners Nel, Ballard Power Systems, Hexagon Composites, Wrightbus, Ryse Hydrogen and Everfuel Europe, who are all committed to deploying 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, along with supporting infrastructure, in European cities at commercially competitive rates.

It will cooperate closely to execute on the H2Bus Europe project where 600 fuel cell buses, Nel electrolysers and Nel hydrogen stations will be deployed in Denmark, Latvia and the UK, with more European markets to follow.

“We are happy to announce the establishment of the H2Bus Consortium with our partners as a response to the political zero emission targets,” said Jacob Krogsgaard, Chairman of the H2Bus Consortium.

“Fuel cell electric buses have been demonstrated around Europe for more than a decade. The technology is reliable, efficient and completely zero emission.”

“The challenge for the industry is now to scale up production of fuel cell electric busses to achieve significantly cost reduction. This will now be made possible through the H2Bus Consortium.”

“With a fuel cell electric bus priced at below €375,000, bus maintenance of €0.30/km and hydrogen fuel of €5–7/kg, our joint offering will be the lowest cost zero emission bus alternative.”

The zero-tail pipe emission feature of the fuel cell bus’ operation will be complemented by zero-emission hydrogen production from renewable energy sources, yielding a ‘well-to-wheel’ emission-free transportation solution.

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