Partnership formed to develop fuel cell coaches

Partnership formed to develop fuel cell coaches

FixBus has partnered with Freudenberg Sealing Technologies to develop hydrogen fuel cell-powered coaches.

Together, Europe’s largest operator of long-distance bus travel FlixBus, and global technology specialist Freudenberg Sealing Technologies will work to develop the carbon dioxide free vehicles.

“We want to help shape the future of mobility,” said Fabian Stenger, Managing Director of FlixBus DACH.

“The modern FlixBus and FlixTrain fleet is already extremely environmentally friendly. Nevertheless, we are constantly asking ourselves how we can make travel even more sustainable and further reduce CO2 emissions per capita.”

“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.”

FlixBus has clear requirements 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 stands.

The fuel cell vehicles should cover at least 500 kilometres of continuous use without refuelling. Hydrogen refuelling itself should be possible in 20 minutes or less.

“We see the fuel cell in combination with electric batteries as an integral part of the mobility of the future. With FlixBus we have found a partner for this zero emission application and are looking forward to working together on this ground-breaking project,” said Claus Möhlenkamp, CEO of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies.

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