The future of zero-emission buses lies with hydrogen powered vehicles
The hydrogen fuel cell bus is an all-electric zero emission solution that offers an operation close to that of a diesel bus and hence is marketed as the closest like-for-like zero emission option to replace diesel.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles offer longer range over battery powered alternatives
Commercial vehicles such as buses, operate over long distances and long time periods, requiring a solution that provides quick refuelling times and good range. Hydrogen fuel offers higher energy density compared to electrical storage systems such as batteries, which enables a longer vehicle range whilst also offering fast fill times.
Refuelling of a hydrogen bus typically takes around 10 to 15 minutes, much faster than an electric vehicle, and does not require any additional city infrastructure work or permits other than a centralised hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) at the bus depot.
High utilisation and operational flexibility
For those looking to decarbonise vehicle fleets, hydrogen is becoming the preferred solution for commercial vehicles, due to its high utilisation and reliable operation; limiting downtime and therefore lost pounds.
Whilst there are over 10 million electric powered cars now on the road, larger vehicles require more power, to which large electric batteries are impractical; taking up too much space and weight. Hydrogen powered vehicles are therefore being increasingly seen as the preferred option for energy intensive applications such as buses.
Hydrogen prevents harmful emissions, with its only by-product being water.
Transitioning buses to hydrogen therefore presents the perfect opportunity to clean our air and improve our health by reducing the CO2 emissions we breathe in.
Diesel conversion to hydrogen powered vehicles is inevitable, with hydrogen production plants and the development of hydrogen refuelling stations progressing. However, they are not progressing quick enough!
The hydrogen refuelling solution for hydrogen buses
Bus depots require a reliable refuelling infrastructure to ensure limited downtime and prevent service disruptions. Whilst it is clear that hydrogen is the preferred solution over electric batteries, the time and cost required to develop a fixed hydrogen refuelling station can be deemed impractical for introductory fleets.
NanoSUN's Pioneer Mobile Hydrogen Refuelling Station is the ideal solution for refuelling hydrogen transport fast. Its mobile nature allows for deployment directly to the depot site, where each Pioneer 145 can service up to 10 hydrogen buses; delivering individual refill times similar to a fixed hydrogen refuelling station with the added benefit of no delay between vehicles.
- Combined hydrogen gas storage, distribution and dispensing solution
- Low cost - capital cost significantly lower than a fixed Hydrogen Refuelling Station
- Reliable - mobile nature enables units to back each other up, resulting in a more reliable hydrogen refuelling network.
- Mobile - rapid deployment, no fixed utilities
- Easily scalable - facilitates growing hydrogen powered vehicle fleets
If you’re looking to introduce a hydrogen powered vehicle fleet but are struggling to access hydrogen fuel, the Pioneer Mobile Hydrogen Refuelling Station is the solution you need to get your fleet up and running.
Find out more about the Pioneer solution here or contact us now for a quote.