CHIC (Clean Hydrogen in European Cities), a flagship zero emission bus project, has been promoted during the COP21 climate change conference in France. The scheme sees 56 fuel cell buses operated in eight cities (Aarau, Bozen, London, Milan, Oslo, Cologne, Hamburg and Whistler), which emit only water vapour at the tailpipe. The project will run until the end of 2016. The city partners are currently planning for the expansion of their use of the technology. Meanwhile, other bus trials have started and a major European programme is underway, with the aim to deploy hundreds of buses by 2020. This next wave of the roll-out will significantly reduce the bus costs and ensure the technology is commercially ready to begin the process of phasing out carbon emissions from road transport. The programme is a joint initiative by European’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen funding body FCH JU, bus operators, public authorities and industry players from the bus and fuel supply industry.
London Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Matthew Pencharz, said, ‘In London we’ve prioritised transforming our buses into one of the cleanest and greenest fleets in the world. The hydrogen RV1 buses are proving hugely popular with commuters and drivers alike and are crucial as part of our wider work to reduce emissions and improve air quality across the capital.’