Slovakia based company Mobility & Innovation launched an 8-metre hydrogen-electric minibus in Bratislava in order to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen fuel cell technology in transit vehicles and market its future product line.
The H2Bus bus with seating for 21 passengers offers a zero-emissions solution to urban transit and is powered by a Loop Energy S300 Series hydrogen fuel cell system as well as an electric motor.
“The H2Bus has always had ambitious fuel consumption targets, and by choosing Loop Energy’s fuel cell, we did not have to compromise our vision,” Mobility & Innovation Co-Owner and CEO, János Onódi said.
“We aim to show bus fleet operators around Europe that hydrogen mobility is a viable option when transitioning to electrification,” he added.
The company chose Loop Energy’s 30 kilowatts (kW) fuel cell system after its technology outperformed competitors’ products in fuel efficiency tests. Now that Mobility & Innovation can offer the H2Bus for fleet deployment, Loop Energy intends to advance to the scale-up phase in commercial mobility.
“We are extremely excited to see the H2Bus come to life and believe it will set a new standard for performance in hydrogen-electric mobility across Europe,” Loop Energy Chief Commercial Officer, George Rubin said.
“Throughout this project, the focus has been on how we can make the H2Bus as fuel-efficient as possible – we are proud that our eFlow technology could help Mobility & Innovation achieve its fuel consumption targets”.
Mobility & Innovation is planning to display the hydrogen bus in Slovakia, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to secure orders for the H2Bus in markets across Europe.
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