Intercity coach service FlixBus and technology specialist Freudenberg Sealing Technologies are working together to put hydrogen fuel cell-powered coaches on the road.
FlixBus has clearly defined the requirement profile for its vehicles: performance characteristics such as acceleration should correspond to those of today’s diesel-powered, long-distance buses that are compliant to the Euro IV standard.
These fuel cell vehicles should cover at least 500km of continuous use without refuelling. Hydrogen refuelling, itself, should be possible in 20 minutes or less – a time similar to what is required to refill a diesel fuel tank.
“We want to help shape the future of mobility,” Fabian Stenger, Managing Director of FlixBus said. “Following the successful launch of three electric long-distance buses, we now want to develop the first long-distance bus with fuel cell drive together with Freudenberg and set another milestone in the history of mobility.”
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