Hexagon Composites has formed the H2Bus Consortium, which focuses on deploying 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and supporting infrastructure in European cities.

According to the company, using hydrogen fuel cell electric buses is a cheaper zero-emission option than the alternatives.  A single-decker bus could be priced below €375,000 after funding, while hydrogen costs between €5 and €7 per kilogram and service cost could be €0.30 per kilometre.

The first phase of the project, totaling 600 buses, is supported by €40 million from EU’s Connecting European Facilities (CEF1) program. The funding will enable the deployment of 200 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses respectively in each of Denmark, Latvia and the UK by 2023. Hexagon says.

‘For decades, we have supplied compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems to European and North American bus manufacturers in various commercial vehicle applications. We’re pleased to apply our experience and capabilities to deliver hydrogen fuel systems into a project of significant magnitude,’ says Seung Baik, president of Agility Fuel Solutions. ‘Where public transport fleets have requirements for long driving range, we believe there is significant potential for hydrogen to play a key role in the zero-emission mobility future.’

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