Urban buses: alternative powertrains for Europe

Study published in november 2012

A coalition of 40 industrial companies and government organizations, financially supported by the FCH JU, elaborated a technology neutral and fact-based comparative study on eight different powertrain technologies for urban buses in Europe from 2012 to 2030.

According to the results of the study, only fully electric powertrain buses (based on hydrogen, batteries or trolley system) have the potential to achieve zero local emissions by drastically reducing well-to-wheel emissions.

Following the positive comparative result for fuel cell hydrogen urban buses, the FCH JU launched a follow-up study that more specifically defines real uptake scenarios for market entry (Fuel cell electric buses – Potential for sustainable transport in Europe).