Fuel cell electric bus project CHIC report - guide for cities and bus operators
Fuel cell electric bus project CHIC launched its final project report as tool for cities and bus operators to help them in understanding the reality of operating fuel cell buses today. It also contains information about the environmental analysis and the social study results, and suggests some hints and options for the development of commercial strategies for the deployment of fuel cell electric buses.
CHIC is a six year flagship zero emission bus project that deployed a fleet of fuel cell electric buses and hydrogen refuelling stations in cities across Europe and at one site in Canada. The project will end in December 2016 and has successfully proved that fuel cell electric buses can offer a functional solution for cities to decarbonise their public transport fleets, improve their air quality and lower their noise levels. The deployment of fuel cell electric buses does not come without challenges associated to costs, technical availability of the buses and regulations/regulatory barriers. The report provides recommendations on how these challenges can be overcome through action by bus operators, technology providers and regional and national policy makers. The brochure is aimed at all stakeholders in the zero emission bus sector, particularly cities and operators interested in deploying fuel cell buses in the near future.
Kerstin K. Müller, Daimler Buses – EvoBus GmbH, coordinator of the CHIC project: “We are very proud of the achievements of CHIC. The project has proven that fuel cell electric buses are far from being a research project and are ready for commercialisation. The brochure is a good guideline that provides insights for new comers in the sector. It gathers the knowledge accumulated in the CHIC project and we hope that it will prove to be a valuable tool for anyone who is interested in the deployment of fuel cell electric buses.”
Download the Chic report.
Additional information for cities and operators is available on a newly launched website dedicated to fuel cell electric buses: www.fuelcellbuses.eu.