CHIC (Clean Hydrogen in European Cities) is a major European project deploying a fleet of fuel cell electric buses and associated hydrogen refuelling stations. CHIC aims to further enhance fuel cell urban bus technology and offers a functional solution for European cities to decarbonise their fleets.

CHIC summary:

  • Demonstration between 2010 and December 2016
  • 23 partners partners from 8 countries: bus manufacturers,  infrastructure suppliers, transport companies and research/consultancies
  • Deployment of 26 fuel cell electric buses in daily public transport operations, and their refueling infrastructure in five European “Phase 1 cities” (new adopters) : Aargau (Switzerland), Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), London (UK), Milan (Italy), and Oslo (Norway)
  • Additional buses deployed in “Phase 0 cities” (early adopters): Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin and Whistler (Canada)
  • 56 fuel cell buses demonstrated in total during the project, and 4 hydrogen ICE buses
  • 9 hydrogen refuelling stations deployed in total
  • Studies on assessement of the environmental, economic and social impacts of the use of fuel cell buses
  • €25.88 million Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) co-funding; €81 million in total costs. Funding awarded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) under the European 7th Framework Programme. The FCH-JU is a public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe.

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