Tuesday 25 February 2020
Vantura Systems


Van Hool delivers two fuel cell buses for London

Van Hool, an independent designer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, has entered into a contract with Transport for London (TfL) in the UK for the construction of two latest generation hydrogen buses. This new contract falls within the scope of 3Emotion, a European consortium on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses, in which Van Hool is acting as project coordinator. The hydrogen bus, which converts hydrogen into electricity, is currently one of the most environmentally friendly public transport vehicles: it offers local zero emissions (absolutely no harmful emissions or CO2) and significantly reduced noise levels.

The two hydrogen buses for London are hybrid (fuel cell and battery powered) Van Hool A330 model 12-metre bus with two axles. They are equipped with the very latest FCvelocity-HD7 Fuel Cell module from Ballard Power Systems in Vancouver, Canada. The bus has 35 seats, space for one wheelchair user, and standing room for + 30 passengers. The vehicles will be put to use in London city centre, more specifically on the route RV1 which runs between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway.

Electric Inward Swinging door systems from Ventura Systems allow the passenger to access these buses. 


The hybrid drive system will enable the buses, with a tank content of 30 kg of hydrogen on board, to travel the planned daily distance of 300 km for TfL (Transport for London).

The drive system is based on fuel cells, lithium batteries and electric motors. The bus runs entirely on electricity. Hydrogen is converted into electricity in the fuel cell, with water vapour as the only emission, while the batteries provide additional power as and when needed. This hybrid drive system and the reuse of braking energy limits hydrogen consumption to around 8 kg per 100 km.

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