France gets its first hydrogen bus line in Pas-de-Calais
On Friday, France’s first fully ‘hydrogen’ bus line was inaugurated in the heart of the former coal mine region of Pas-de-Calais.
Six buses for 87 passengers connect Auchel to Bruay-la-Buissière on the B6 line, and have their own hydrogen filling station capable of producing 210 kg hydrogen a day with ‘green’ electricity, using electrolysis.
The buses are built by French Safra and have the hydrogen reservoir mounted on the roof to feed the fuel cell that delivers the electricity for a 300 km range. They have a price tag of 850.000 euros per vehicle.
In case of passengers having any doubt about its sustainability, they have the slogan ‘Je ne rejette que de l’eau !’ (I emit only water) stuck on the side.
It is the first hydrogen bus line in France, part of the engagement the country has taken in deploying hydrogen to reduce CO2 emissions. The goal is to have 800 ‘heavy vehicles’ on hydrogen, of which several buses, deployed by 2023 and up to 2.000 by 2030.