Hydrogen bus in Hamburg - Click above to watch video after the jump
London was one of the first cities to use fuel-cell buses provided by Daimler, as consequence of the CUTE (Clean Urban Transport for Europe) pilot program a few years ago. Ken Livingstone, London's mayor, has decided that the program was satisfactory enough and has ordered the purchase of new vehicles, with a target of five percent of city vehicles running on Hydrogen by 2015.
UTC Power, which has been operating a hydrogen fuel cell in Connecticut for about a month, has brought the European country of Belgium its first fuel cell bus, in partnership with bus manufacturer Van Hool. The bus is a 43-foot hybrid electric transit bus that can carry over 100 passengers. It has a UTC Power fuel cell system and will go into service in early June, first for six months in Belgium and then other European countries. UTC has similar buses operating in Oakland and Palm Springs, Cali
Watch out back there, there's more news of government support for hydrogen fuel cells incoming. Yesterday, we heard that UTC Power (a company owned by United Technologies Corp.) would be part of three zero-emission bus projects sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). These California and Washington, D.C. projects are each multimillion endeavors grouped in the National Fuel Cell Bus Technology Development competitive grant program. UTC's fuel cell power system is called PureMotion
Are hydrogen buses the best way to clean up a city's air? Londoners might someday have some kind of answer to that question because the city government is investing a lot of money in hydrogen-powered vehicles, with the iconic red double-decker buses some of the first to be run on the new technology. The first three hydrogen buses are on the RV1 route, according to the Guardian UK, and look just like standard buses except for a sticker noting the power source. Oh, and they sound, "barely louder t
Ford's gone and done it. The company announced yesterday that they would be the first in the world to offer customers hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles. The H2ICE (Ford's name for the hydrogen ICE) will be a supercharged 6.8-liter V-10 that powers E-450 shuttle buses and will be available later this year. The company's assembly line started rolling yesterday to get the buses ready. Ford's announcement says that the H2ICE "can also be easily hybridized for further gains in fuel efficie