Public transport operator RET has launched the operation of two new fuel cell electric buses in Rotterdam on the 30th of June. The two buses are the first buses in operation in the 3Emotion project

‘Today, a hydrogen bus drove for the first time through Rotterdam. We all want clean air in the city. At the moment we are in a transit phase to completely clean buses and we have reached a momentum: the introduction of the hydrogen bus.’ said Maurice Unck, director of RET.

‘The hydrogen bus is the first bus in the RET fleet which is 100% emission-free. Two of the buses will drive in the city after summer.’

The buses will fuel at the existing refuelling station of Air Liquide in Rotterdam, of which the storage capacity is expanded for this purpose, also within the 3Emotion project.

‘The pilot with the two hydrogen buses is an important preparatory step towards a 100% emission-free bus fleet. Lennart Harpe, Portfolio Manager Public Transport Development of the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH) said: ‘A reachable, viable and sustainable region, that’s what we want. As a commissioner for the public transport in the region, we are of course in favor of making bus transport more sustainable. The aim is therefore that all public buses will run zero-emission from 2025 onwards.’

Read the full press release here.


About 3Emotion: 3Emotion is the 4th large scale bus project, co-financed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking and aims to bridge the gap between fuel cell bus demonstration and larger scale deployment. The project contains the deployment of 21 new and the further use of 8 existing fuel cell buses with the required refuelling infrastructure. These buses will be deployed in 6 sites and operated by different public transport operators located all over Europe: apart from Rotterdam (NL), the buses will be demonstrated in London(UK), Versailles (FR), Aalborg (DK), Pau (FR) and Rome (IT).

About FCH-JU: The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a public-private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system.

For more info: please contact Flip Bamelis – Project Coordinator 3Emotion –, +32 476 55 55 09


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