Europe’s first hydrogen long-distance bus is due to start in 2024
FlixMobility is the name of the company behind the Flix buses on our streets. The company has set itself the goal of climate neutrality, and that is not so easy in long-distance bus traffic. A Flixbus pilot project has been running on the London – Dortmund route since 2020, where vehicles with solar modules on the roof commute. Biogas is also already in use in the company, and the fuel cell will soon be added as an exciting alternative. In the long term, Flixbus is now planning to replace all EURO VI diesel buses with hydrogen vehicles. It starts in 2024.
Ministry of Transport wants to support the project
Europe’s first hydrogen-powered long-distance bus is due to roll on the streets in 2024, preferably dressed in light green with the Flixbus logo on it. The company has already looked for the right partners for this project, including the fuel station manufacturer Freudenberg Fuel Cell e-Power Systems. The German Ministry of Transport is said to have promised non-binding research funding for the “HYFleet” project, but now it’s Freudenberg’s turn. The experts create a fuel cell system with a long range for a first demonstration bus.
Flixbus wants to reduce CO2 emissions to zero
Long-distance travelers are already saving an average of 6.6 kg of CO2 compared to driving by car on a 400 km long-distance bus. But “saving” is not enough for Flixbus, the company wants to reduce emissions to zero. This requires “green” hydrogen, which is produced with the help of renewable energies. Only when wind, water and sun stimulate production can real climate neutrality be achieved. The capacities for this are still limited in Germany, but FlixMobility does not want to compromise at this point. That is why the long-distance bus provider has also brought energy and infrastructure providers on board, because only a fully thought-out project will have the desired output.
According to the Federal Environment Agency, there are currently 92 hydrogen filling stations in Germany, and by the end of 2021 there should be 130. For comparison: conventional fuels can be bought at around 14,000 filling stations, so the need to catch up is enormous.