Swiss Transit Operator PostBus to Run Five Fuel Cell Buses from December

22 Nov 2011

Swiss Transit Operator PostBus to Run Five Fuel Cell Buses from December

Swiss transit operator PostBus is to commence a long-term trial of fuel cell buses commencing next month in collaboration with partners including the Canton Aargau, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and the European Union under the CHIC (Clean Hydrogen in European Cities) Project.

From 11th December PostBus subsidiary Voegtlin-Meyer AG will gradually phase in five Mercedes-Benz Citaro fuel cell buses servicing the Brugg area in Canton Aargau. The canton is supporting the project as a partner with a total contribution of CHF 1.5 million of Swiss Lottery Fund over five years.

The long-term focus of the project is on the ecological sustainability of new transit. The Brugg refuelling station, which aims to be online by Spring 2012, will dispense hydrogen sourced from local renewable energy sources by local energy utility IBB including hydro-electric, solar, wind and biomass. PostBus hopes to save at least 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions during the five year trial.

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