15 Oct 2020


The Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), the main public transport operator in Barcelona’s metropolitan area, has placed an order at CaetanoBus for the delivery of 8 H2. City Gold 12m hydrogen buses. This acquisition is supported by the European JIVE 2 programme, for the promotion of fuel cell vehicles, co-financed by the European Union.

TMB is currently working towards the modernisation of its bus fleet through the procurement of zero emission vehicles. Adding to this, TMB together with Zona Franca Consortium (CZFB) is going to build a plant for the production, storage and refuelling of hydrogen that is also designed for commercial vehicles. As it will be the first hydrogen filling station of this kind in Spain, it will possibly be opened to other fleets and private fuel cell electric vehicles.

The 8 ordered H2. City Gold units will be equipped with Toyota fuel cell and will offer a drive range over 400 kilometres with a capacity of 94 passengers. Delivery is planned for late 2021. The low-floor vehicles with 3 doors will have USB ports installed both in the passenger saloon and also in the drivers’ cabin. In addition, the new buses will include several safety features that will support driver’s activity and will help to improve road safety such as a video surveillance system, a Camera Monitoring System to replace traditional wing mirrors and the Mobileye’s Shield Plus to avoid dangerous situations for pedestrians and cyclists.

The president of TMB, Rosa Alarcón, highlighted: "To be at the forefront in terms of sustainable and efficient mobility, we take the step of buying the first hydrogen fuel cell propulsion buses in Spain as well as we promote the green transport of the future with the construction of a hydrogeneration plant that will prioritize its production from renewable sources".

TMB and operates a fleet of more than 1100 buses on 102 lines, a 830 km-long bus network. It provides a total of 615 million journeys a year in Barcelona and another ten municipalities in its metropolitan area.

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