On 6 December 2012, the Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) which supported a study on the alternative powertrain technologies available for buses in Europe in 2012-2030, officially presented the main outcomes. The study was conducted by McKinsey & Company and over 40 companies and government organisations participated.

With Europe’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, road transport can account for 95% in CO2 reduction.

The study considered available powertrain technologies including hydrogen and electric buses (opportunity and overnight electric buses) and the results were drawn based on environmental, performance and economic criteria.

Van Hool’s Manager and High V.LO-City project Coordinator Paul Jenné presented the project objectives to introduce zero emission and highly-efficient fuel cell buses in existing public transport fleets (Flanders, Liguria and Aberdeen). The project is co-funded by the EU’s Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). Van Hool supplier has also contributed to the study.

The FCH JU will launch a next phase study to examine in further details the uptake of the hydrogen fuel cell technology in European public transport fleets and invites public authorities, transport operators and bus manufactures to participate.

More information is available here.

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