FlixMobility to build Europe’s first long-distance hydrogen bus
FlixMobility will work with its partners to develop, test and launch hydrogen buses that can operate across long distances as part of its efforts to decarbonise transport.
FlixMobility has announced that, with its partners Freudenberg Fuel Cell e-Power Systems and ZF Friedrichshafen AG, it has begun the HyFleet research project, which will focus on the development of a high-performance fuel cell system for long-distance buses, in order to bring sustainable and CO2-free mobility to life.
Upon development of this technology, FlixMobility plans to test and launch fuel cell powered buses in long-distance traffic until 2024 in Europe as part of efforts to set new standards. The climate non-governmental organisation (NGO), atmosfair, is involved as an associated partner, and a European bus manufacturer will also join the project in the future.
The project consortium has received official ‘UIA’ (a non-binding letter of intent) confirmation from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
André Schwämmlein, Founder and CEO of FlixMobility, said: “We are proud to be part of the HyFleet project to develop the first fuel cell-powered long-distance bus in Europe until 2024, together with Freudenberg and ZF. Fuel cell power technology is part of the green mobility revolution and gives bus producers the chance to shape the future of sustainable mobility. With this project, we continue our path of providing millions of people sustainable and affordable mobility. We are fully in line with the carbon neutrality objective of the [European Union] and Germany and are ready to deliver. It’s great to see that the German government acknowledges the need for the transport sector to speed up its decarbonisation and is ready to support collective transport on this road.”