Le City H2
Belgium vehicle builder Van Hool is putting hydrogen fuel on the rails with the delivery of eight tram-buses to the French city of Pau, with the company claiming a world-first. The vehicle’s zero-emission fuel cell has a range of 300 kilometres and can be refilled in 10 minutes. Van Hool has already commercialised more 50 hydrogen fell-cell buses.
In Northern Germany, hydrogen train trial deployments are slated before the year-end on the Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line. The Alstom Coradia iLint train has a range of 500 miles per day on a single tank of hydrogen.
On the road, Germany is able to boast the largest hydrogen network in Europe. The H2 Mobility initiative comprising Daimler, Shell and gases group Linde, recently added two new locations to its 30-strong hydrogen refuelling stations grid in the country.
Image: Van Hool