05 March 2018

A 40 hydrogen buses order for Van Hool

The belgium bus manufacturer has just signed a big contract with two German carriers, one in Cologne and the other in Wuppertal. These latest-generation hydrogen buses are part of a program supported by Berlin and Brussels.

This is the biggest hydrogen buses order ever. Thirty buses for RVK operator in Cologne and ten for WSW, the operator in Wuppertal city. These high-tech vehicles will be built at the Van Hool factory in Koningshooikt, Belgium. The first buses will be delivered by next spring. Inspired by the 2-axle type A330 model (12 m long), they will have a capacity of 29 seats, plus 46 to 49 standing. The manufacturer has also considered two wheelchair spots and a pram.

Van Hool buses will be combining fuel cells and batteries. Van Hool will integrate the latest Ballard battery (FCvelocity-HD85) and a Siemens 210 kW electric motor. Thanks to its hybrid propulsion, Van Hool buses will able to delivering 350 km per day. Their nearly forty kilograms of hydrogen will be stored in a tank.

The purchase of these new vehicles is part of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Program. Funded by the European public-private partnership between the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in Germany and the FCH-JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking), the program aims to accelerate hydrogen deployment.

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