Four new hydrogen buses in Berlin


The German capital, Berlin, has added four new hydrogen-fueled buses to its fleet. As part of a European Union sponsored project, the four buses help Europe on its way to the hydrogen economy.

These hydrogen-fueled prototypes roamed the streets during the world cup when Berlin’s passenger volume was at an all-time peak. Klaus Wazlak, spokesman for the Berlin Transportation Company (BVG) said: $quot;The buses proved their worth very nicely during the world cup.$quot;

Although the fuel may be too expensive now, the makers of these prototype buses believe that their hydrogen-fueled buses will soon become a cost-competitive alternative to vehicles powered by gasoline.

Neoman bus, the company that produces and supplies the buses, believes that the project is an investment in to the markets of the future. Already, the company is negotiating with several potential customers in Italy and the Netherlands, and expects to sell between 50 and 70 hydrogen vehicles starting 2008.

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