11 Jun 2019


During a ceremony at Van Hool's booth at the UITP Summit in Stockholm, director Jan van Hool handed over the keys of the first fuel cell Van Hool A330 for Cologne. Jens Conrad, Fachbereitsleiter Alternative Antriebe at Regionalverkehr Köln (RVK) GmbH received them proudly. It is the first fuel cell bus of an order of 40 units signed in February 2018.

The 40 fuel cell A330 are ordered by RVK Köln and WSW Wuppertal (Germany). This order consists of 30 fuel cell buses for Cologne and 10 for Wuppertal. According to Van Hool it is the largest order for hydrogen-powered vehicles ever placed in Europe. The first buses will be delivered beginning next month, in July of 2019.

The 40 hydrogen buses are hybrid vehicles (fuel cell and batteries) of the Van Hool A330 type with dual axles and a length of 12 metres. They will be equipped with the latest FCvelocity-HD85 Fuel Cell module from Ballard Power Systems and fitted with a 210kW Siemens PEM electric traction motor. The bus is designed for 29 seats and 46 (Cologne) and 49 (Wuppertal) standing passengers, with space for two wheelchair users and a pram.

The procurement of these 40 fuel cell buses fits into the framework of Germany's national innovation program for hydrogen and fuel cell technology (NIP), and is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), the “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking” (FCH JU). FCH JU is a European public-private partnership to accelerate the market introduction of fuel cell and hydrogen technology, operating under the EU ‘Horizon 2020’ program.

Van Hool has been building hydrogen buses for the American market since 2005 and for the European market since 2007. By now, Van Hool has sold over 110 hydrogen buses for North America (21) and Europe (90).

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