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10 fuel cell buses in Hamburg
Transportation, Nov 24 2009 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- The first of a series of 10 fuel cell buses has started operations in Hamburg on November 16th, built by Daimler Buses.
Daimler is currently building 30 fuel cell buses, of which 10 will be in operations in Hamburg.
The trial builds on the HyFLEET:CUTE project, which ran from 2003 to 2009, operating 36 Mercedes-Benz Citaro fuel cell buses by 12 public transport agencies on 3 continents, including in Hamburg, covering 140,000 hours of operation and 2.2m kilometers.
Hamburg underground and bus operator Hamburger Hochbahn will also take delivery of 20 Mercedes-Benz B Class fuel cell cars in 2010.
Mercedes says that it uses the same fuel cell stacks in both its cars and buses, to save costs - with two fuel cell systems instead of one in the bus.
The system also stores electricity in batteries.
The buses have a range of 250km.
Other companies involved include Shell, Total and Vattenfall Europe.
As part of the project, four public hydrogen filling stations will be installed in Hamburg, providing hydrogen at 700 bar pressure.