In June 2016, the first hydrogen fuel cell bus went into regular service in Apeldoorn, in the Netherlands’ Gelderland region. The bus only emits water, which improves air quality. It is also almost completely silent. Gelderland company Hymove developed the technology for the bus with EU financial support.
On 21 September 2017, the European Commission, transport company Syntus and fuel cell system manufacturer HyMove organised a media tour on the Arnhem hydrogen bus. The tour took place to mark European Mobility Week. A key theme of the week was sustainable alternative forms of mobility, and hydrogen-fuelled transport is one example of this.
Representatives of Gelderland province (of which Arnhem is the capital), Syntus, and HyMove described the bus’s technology to the assembled regional media. They also explained how the EU has supported its development.
Discussion was led by a BNR Newsradio journalist. It was concluded that the EU accelerates development of innovative technologies and stakeholders are happy with its support. However, large-scale deployment of hydrogen fuel cell buses will require more money and many more hydrogen filling stations.
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Traffic is a major cause of air pollution which leads to health problems for many people. In 2016, the Dutch government and public transport companies agreed that from 2025 only clean buses will be put into service for public transport.
Hydrogen fuel cells can convert hydrogen into electricity to power buses. Buses running on hydrogen fuel cells only emit water vapour, which helps to improve air quality. They are also almost completely silent.
Gelderland company HyMove, public transport company Syntus and the province of Gelderland launched a hydrogen fuel cell project in 2015. With a €50,000 EU grant, they developed a fuel cell system for buses.
In the summer of 2016, the first bus went into regular service in Apeldoorn.