Van Hool N.V., a Belgium-based bus manufacturer, has signed a grant agreement with the EU Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking to deploy 21 fuel cell buses.
Notably, Van Hool is currently in the process of finalizing an agreement with Ballard Power Systems to supply fuel cell power modules for the buses in 2015 and 2016. There are currently 27 Van Hool fuel cell buses, powered by Ballard modules, in public transit operation.
‘With this new round of funding now in place, we look forward to expanding our successful zero-emission bus partnership with Ballard to include the roll-out of buses in additional European cities,” says Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool.
The EU Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking is a public-private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies, providing subsidies for eligible projects through a cost-share mechanism.