I m Many companies see the fuel cell for electric drives in a leading position in heavy goods traffic and passenger transport by bus. Suppliers such as Flixbus are testing fuel cell buses, Toyota plans to use corresponding vehicles for passenger transport as part of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
Hamburger Hochbahn is currently testing two electric buses with fuel cells as range extenders and sees hydrogen as an energy carrier as a 'strategic option'. Four more such buses have already been sold again. When it comes to the acquisition of 530 emission-free buses by 2025, the Hanseatic city's transport companies are relying on battery-powered electric vehicles. By the end of 2022, the entire fleet should include 160 electric buses, including 50 articulated buses with a total length of 18 meters.
1,000 electric buses by 2030
All buses should be by the end of the next decade the elevated railway can be locally emission-free, there are 1,000 vehicles. From the beginning of 2020, they will no longer order buses with diesel engines.
The catalog of requirements for the elevated railway provides for a range of 200 kilometers (150 kilometers for articulated buses) before the batteries have to be recharged. The electric buses used on the elevated railway currently only cover 150 kilometers. The manufacturers expect an increase in this area.
According to the plans of the Hochbahn, recharging electricity should basically take place in its own depot; depending on the possibility and need, recharging could also be carried out at the end of individual lines. Buses are often parked here longer. On one line, the 109, the people of Hamburg also test recharging while driving with a pantograph and overhead line.