Currently, hydrogen fuel cells for the transportation industry lend themselves well to fleet vehicles, forklifts and buses. These vehicles have a central hydrogen refueling station and don’t stray too far from this station.
Across the continents, hydrogen fuel cell buses are rolling out in higher numbers. Take for instance the two hydrogen fuel cells buses that are rolling out and being trialed in the Northeast of China. Last year I had talked about the Chinese opening the Beijing Hydrogen Park for the 2008 Olympics.
China had rolled out 20 Volkswagen Passat Lingyu FCVs to showcase in this worldwide event. The hydrogen buses that China is piloting is a project between the University of Sunderland, UK and Shanghai Shen Li High Technology.
Meanwhile, half a world away in Hamburg, Germany the Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid bus has made its debut on the streets. The bus uses two of the same fuel cell systems sas the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL cars plus it uses a more powerful lithium ion battery pack.
The field trial of the Citaro hydrogen fuel cell buses are part of the European Union HyFLEET:CUTE plan. In addition, Hamburg will also receive by 2010, 20 more Daimler B-Class F-CELL cars. The introduction and field trials of the hydrogen buses and cars are part of the European Union plan to significantly expand the EU Hydrogen Highway system by 2015.