07 Oct 2019


Hall 5, booth no. 502

At Busworld Van Hool unveils two for Europe very special premieres: a fuel cell Exqui.City and a electric CX45E coach for the American market. In 2017 the French city of Pau placed an order with Van Hool for 8 Exqui.City18 FCs: hydrogen-powered single-articulated tram-buses. The CX45E is developed together with North-Americas Proterra that delivers the battery technology.

A fuel cell converts hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy through reverse electrolysis. On the one hand the electricity is used to power the vehicle and, on the other, unused energy is stored in lithium batteries for additional power where and when needed. When pulling away from a stop. The only emission from this zero-emission vehicle is vaporised water. Never before has a full Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system been built with hydrogen-powered single-articulated 18-metre tram-buses. The Exqui.City18 FC Pau design, has a capacity of 125 passengers. The vehicle can be fully refuelled in 10 minutes, and can travel approximately 300 km.

The CX45E is a fully electrically-powered coach for the US market. Van Hool selected Proterra, American producer of battery technology for heavy vehicles, to supply the E2 battery technology. The 100% electrically powered vehicle will have a working radius of approximately 300 km and will primarily be used for the commute of Silicon Valley employees.

Van Hool has been working in North America with its exclusive partner and distributor ABC Bus Companies, Inc. for more than thirty years. Today, there are more than 10,000 Van Hool coaches and buses on the North American roads. Again Van Hool will seize Busworld to introduce technological innovations on a few of its vehicles. Innovations that will be unveiled for the first time. Filip Van Hool, CEO at Van Hool about Busworld: “Our company has been a welcome guest at Busworld since 1971, and we always enjoy going back. It gives us an excellent opportunity to introduce our innovations.”

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