In the framework of this project, BVG will exchange bus data and bus operation experiences as a ‘Phase 0’ city without requesting any funding from the EC.
BVG is responsible for public transport in the area of Berlin. It is a public transport company with a fleet of 1,320 buses, operating trams, underground trains and ferry lines within the Berlin area. BVG employs about 11,000 people. In its traffic network BVG serves ten underground lines, 32 tram routes, 161 day and 58 night bus lines and six ferries. BVG provides a round the clock public transport service in the city of Berlin.
BVG has a long track record of implementing projects related to the testing and demonstration of hydrogen as a fuel in public transport. The company has been working on a range of demonstration projects since 2002. These include the “Fuel Cell Bus Berlin, Copenhagen, Lisbon” project, the “Articulated Fuel Cell Bus” project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economy and the “Clean Energy Partnership Berlin (CEP)”. In 2002 TOTAL and BVG opened the first hydrogen refuelling station in Berlin, Germany. This was followed by participation in the EC funded HyFLEET:CUTE project (and the “Clean Energy Partnership” (which is funded by the German Government.
HyFLEET:CUTE (2006 – 2009) demonstrated 47 hydrogen-powered buses in regular public transport service in ten cities on three continents. BVG operated 4 buses with naturally aspirated hydrogen internal combustion engines (ICE) and 10 buses with turbo charged hydrogen ICE. In addition, BVG constructed and operated a hydrogen bus workshop as part of this project.
Clean Energy Partnership (2006 to date): CEP demonstrates the operation of hydrogen filling infrastructure, hydrogen cars and hydrogen buses in Berlin and Hamburg. In the framework of the project, BVG plans to continue the operation of 4 hydrogen buses with naturally aspirated ICE.
Today BVG continues to operate 4 buses with hydrogen ICE in daily service as well as maintaining a dedicated workshop for hydrogen buses.