Wednesday 15 November 2023

French City That Pioneered Hydrogen Buses Will Now Opt for Battery-Electric Due to Problems And High Costs

In 2019 SNCF with technical assistance from their Keolis subsidiary, the hydrogen-powered Fébus bus rapid transit (BRT) network was launched in south-western French city of Pau.

Now the city has become the second French city to abandon its hydrogen bus project and opt for battery electric buses.
The buses transport 5 million passengers over a million kilometers and avoid more than 1,000 tons of CO2. But the development of electric buses and lack of subsidies mean that future vehicle purchases will be for battery powered vehicles.

Frequent breakdowns of the Van Hool Exqui.City FC 18m hydrogen buses and the fact that the hydrogen fuel bill is now almost double to what was planned result in the project no longer being viable.

The decision by Pau follows Montpellier, which last year canceled the plan to buy more than 50 hydrogen buses after officials determined that operating the same number of electric buses would cost only one-sixth of the original project, a savings of 2.5 million euros.

Read the full Nation World article here

Details of the 2019 launch  here

Pau is located in southern France, close to the Spanish border.