Netherlands public transport company Qbuzz has ordered 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses from Belgian manufacturer Van Hool for use in Groningen and Drente.
Scheduled to go into operation in December 2020, the buses will be used on intercity routes in the two provinces in the north of the country.
Qbuzz has also awarded Shell the contract to build a hydrogen station in the city of Groningen and to supply the hydrogen.
There is currently only one hydrogen filling station in the two provinces at an industrial plant operated by Nouryon in Delfzijl, which would have meant a 35 kilometre detour. To avoid this, a plant is now being built in Groningen.
This is the second largest order for fuel cell buses Van Hool has received following the order for 40 buses for the German cities of Cologne and Wuppertal.