Picture: (from left to right): Julien Gaubert,designer of the bus (ex designer in French fashion house Courrèges). Nicolas Patriarche, president of Pau Béarn Pyrénées Mobilités, François Bayrou, mayor of Pau.
Van Hool's fuel cell bus Exqui.City18 has just been awarded at Busworld: Not only the fuel cell bus has been awarded with the most prestigious award of Busworld, the "Grand Award Bus", alias Bus of the Year, it has also obtained the sustainability award, the "Ecology Label".
The fuel cell bus was in competition with 11 other buses tested and validated by a jury of professionals.
The French city of Pau placed an order with Van Hool for 8 Exqui.City18 FCs: hydrogen-powered single-articulated tram-buses, as part of the co-funded project 3Emotion ans JIVE2, supported by the FCH-JU. The fuel cell buses will be used in a Bus rapid Transit System, a world premiere.
The Mayor of Pau, François Bayrou, present during the award ceremony, commented: "This is amazing! The innovation, the design and the technological performance of Febus are acknowldged by all. It was the only 100% hydrogen tram-bus of the exhibition. This award is envied by manufacturers worldwide. All these Chinese, Californian, Scandinavian, Australian experts talk about Pau! This is a worldwide recognition for a city like ours and the challenges we have to face".
While the official press release is not out as we write this article, please find additional information here: the brochure of the bus developed for Busworld, an article from La République des Pyrénées outlining the award (in French), information about the different awards and 2019 nominees.