Van Hool wins order for 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses
Belgium manufacturer Van Hool has won an order to supply 20 single-decker fuel cell buses to Dutch operator Qbuzz, for use on its public transport concession in the Groningen area, northern Netherlands.
They will enter service in December 2020.
In addition to directing Qbuzz to order the buses, transport authority OV-bureau Groningen Drenthe granted Shell a contract a contract to build a hydrogen fuelling station in the city Groningen, and supply the gas.
“It is the second-largest order for hydrogen buses, since 40 hydrogen buses for Cologne-Wüppertal, since Van Hool started designing, developing and building hydrogen buses in 2005,” says Van Hool CEO Filip Van Hool.
Van Hool has already built or is producing 131 hydrogen buses for North America (21) and Europe (110). It already has 10 in service in Aberdeen, operated by Stagecoach and First.
It follows orders for 164 electric buses by Qbuzz, also to operate as part of the concession.
The fuel cell buses have a range of 350-400km and will run on intercity routes in the provinces Drenthe and Groningen.
The transport authority and Qbuzz have been running a pilot project with two Van Hool fuel cell buses since December 2017.
In the northern part of the country there is only one hydrogen filling station in the city Delfzijl, but this is an industrial plant owned by the company Nouryon, made suitable to accommodate fuel cell buses.
To avoid the 3km dead mileage to the Delfzijl filling station, the transport authority planned a filling station in Groningen.
The pilot project, 20 new buses and filling station are financed by the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure, the EU via the project FCHJU (HighVLOCity en JIVE2) and the provinces Groningen and Drenthe.