CHIC project published in Fleets & FuelsMarch 29, 2011 Fleets and Fuels provides biweekly business intelligence news to professionals in the field clean transport in the US and globally. The CHIC project was featured in the March 28th 2011 edition. The CHIC article can be found in the downloads section of this post. Link: Fleets & Fuels
Seventh International FC Bus Conference takes off on February 23, 2001 in San Francisco23 Feb - 25 Feb, 2011 The Seventh International Fuel Cell Bus Conference is taking place from February 23-25, 2011 in San Francisco The Conference, by invitation only, is intended for transit providers, local and Federal government managers, system suppliers, fuel cell system developers, and others directly involved in fuel cell bus research and demonstration efforts. Representatives of transit agencies considering fuel cell bus demonstrations programs are also encouraged to attend. Others interested in attending the meeting, but not directly associated with current or planned fuel cell bus research and demonstration efforts should contact the conference organizers at email@example.com before registering.
Introducing CHICDecember 14, 2010 CHIC, the Clean Hydrogen in European Cities Project, is the essential next step leading to the full market commercialization of Fuel Cell Hydrogen powered (FCH) buses.
The project involves integrating 26 FCH buses in daily public transport operations and bus routes in five locations across Europe – Aargau (Switzerland), Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), London (UK), Milan (Italy), and Oslo (Norway). The CHIC project is supported by the European Union Joint Undertaking for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH JU) with 26 million Euros, and has 25 partners from across Europe, along with industrial partners for vehicle supply and refueling infrastructure. The project is based on a staged introduction and build-up of FCH bus fleets, the supporting hydrogen refuelling stations and infrastructure in order to facilitate the smooth integration of the FCH buses in Europe’s public transport system.
CHIC Bus MapDecember 11, 2010 The CHIC project involves integrating 26 FCH buses in daily public transport operations and bus routes in five cities across Europe. At the end of 2011, you will be able to see all the CHIC bus routes on this map!
Deputy Mayor of London unveils CHIC hydrogen bus fleetDecember 10, 2010 The first of the buses of a planned fleet of eight will start operating on December 18, 2010 using the latest hydrogen fuel cell technology, emitting nothing but water vapour. The buses will form the only hydrogen bus fleet in the UK and the largest currently in Europe. These state-of-the-art vehicles were specifically designed for Transport for London using pioneering technology developed by ISE, Wrightbus and Ballard. All eight buses are expected to be phased into operation next year creating the UK’s first zero-emission bus route.
The RV1 route passes through some of London’s most polluted areas, so its conversion to hydrogen power will help to improve London’s air quality. The buses are joining one of the cleanest, lowest polluting bus fleets in Europe which also includes 100 hybrid buses set to expand to 300 and from 2012 will be joined by the Mayor’s New Bus for London, which will be 40 per cent less polluting than a traditional diesel bus.
The buses will run from a specially designed maintenance facility housed in First’s Lea Interchange bus depot at Stratford in east London. This will include the UK's largest permanent hydrogen refuelling station to be maintained by Air Products.