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EXCITING: DB Gives Go-ahead for Hydrogen Buses

EXCITING: DB Gives Go-ahead for Hydrogen Buses
photo: DB AG / Caetanobus/DB Gives Go-ahead for Hydrogen Buses
20 / 02 / 2023

Deutsche Bahn is pushing ahead with the conversion to a climate-neutral company and ordering more hydrogen buses for its bus division DB Regio Bus for the first time. The first vehicles are to run in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein at the beginning of 2024. Behind the order is DB's goal of phasing out the last diesel bus in 2038. In just seven years, all newly procured buses will be operated without emissions. With around 470 million passengers yearly, DB Regio Bus is the largest provider of bus transport in Germany.

Evelyn Palla, Member of the Management Board of Regional Transport DB AG: "Hydrogen buses are climate-friendly on the road and have another advantage: they can be refuelled faster than the batteries of a purely electric bus are charged. With their long range, hydrogen buses are particularly well suited to replace diesel vehicles in rural areas. With the order of 60 hydrogen buses, we are taking another step towards saying goodbye to diesel."

The buses will be supplied by the Portuguese manufacturer Caetanobus and the fuel cells by Toyota. The framework agreement now runs until 2026 and assumes 60 buses. The order volume for these vehicles is almost 40 million euros. Five of the new vehicles will be used in the Jever area and two in Rendsburg-Eckernförde.

The new 'H2 CityGold' buses are twelve metres long and have 34 seats and 47 standing places. The passenger compartment has no steps and offers a two-metre-wide space for wheelchairs. The vehicles can travel between 350 (winter) and 550 (summer) kilometres on one hydrogen tank. Numerous electronic safety systems are installed in the buses, warning of a possible collision with pedestrians or other road users.

Two predecessor versions of the buses now on order are already in operation at the DB subsidiary Autokraft as part of the hydrogen pioneer project eFarm in the Nordfriesland district. They refuel with hydrogen produced regionally by eFarm at filling stations in Husum and Niebüll and bring 100 per cent emission-free mobility to the road. DB Regio Bus implements and plans more than 40 transport services and projects with climate-friendly drives, including battery buses, at more than 35 locations.

Source: Deutsche Bahn