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First hydrogen-powered buses planned to hit Melbourne streets
First hydrogen-powered buses planned to hit Melbourne streets

First hydrogen-powered buses planned to hit Melbourne streets

The west of Melbourne, Australia is set to become home to the state of Victoria’s first hydrogen-powered buses from March next year (2023).

Revealed last week (June 2), the news comes as part of an expansion from the Victorian Government’s A$20m ($14.4m) Zero Emission Bus Trial, which will see two hydrogen fuel cell buses hit the streets of the state capital city.

Transit Systems will operate buses to be tested on 15 school services and 26 other routes in the western suburbs of the city, proving transport for over 1,000 passengers per week, the company claims.

Ben Carroll, Victoria Minister for Public Transport, said, “We know how critical it is to invest in greener technology now – these Victorian-first hydrogen fuel cell buses will help us drive down pollution and remove noisy diesel buses from the public network for good.

“We will continue working closely with our public transport operators to deliver these zero-emissions buses which will also provide passengers with quieter and more comfortable journeys.”

It is hoped the trial, if successful, could see an increased deployment of zero-emission vehicles, including hydrogen-powered, in Victoria.

Greg Balkin, Chief Operating Officer at Transit Systems, commented, “Transit Systems is proud to have been selected to take part in the Zero Emissions Bus Trial and is confident that these trials will effectively demonstrate the performance of zero-emissions technology and accelerate the deployment of zero-emission buses.”

“The outcomes will transform the Melbourne public bus transport network into a smoother, quieter, and cleaner network for our customers and the wider community.”

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.


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