CHIC builds on the expertise acquired in the framework of previous fuel cell bus projects: The HyFLEET:CUTE project (2006-2009) and CUTE project (2001-2006).
The HyFLEET:CUTE project has involved the operation of 47 hydrogen powered buses in regular public transport service in 10 cities on three continents. Its aim was to diversify and reduce energy consumption in the transport system by developing new, fuel efficient hydrogen powered bus technology, clean, efficient and safe production and distribution of hydrogen as a transport fuel. HyFLEET:CUTE was co-funded by the European Commission and 31 Industry partners through the Commission’s 6th Framework Programme.
The HyFLEET:CUTE project demonstrated in particular major developments in further development of Hydrogen Powered Bus Technology, and further development of Hydrogen Infrastructure. The final brochure of the project is available for download.
The Clean urban Transport for Europe (CUTE) was a European project which saw the deployment and testing of 27 Citaro fuel cell buses – three buses in each of nine cities in Europe. The aim of the project was to demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative, highly energy-efficient, clean urban public transport system. Different hydrogen production and refueling infrastructures were established in each of the cities. The project saw practical applications of renewable energy sources to the transport system.
The project greatly improved public acceptance of the hydrogen fuel cell transport system, and contributed to the development of a more secure energy supply for the EU.
For more information on CUTE and HyFLEET: CUTE see: Global Hydrogen Bus Platform