EU Launches Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Program

CUTE program awared Euro18.5 million to demonstrate hydrogen to fuel public transport systems.

Published: 18-Jan-2002

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Commission has awarded Euro 18.5 million to nine European cities that want to introduce hydrogen to fuel public transport systems.

Funding from the European Union will allow the fuel cell bus project to be the first volume production test on this scale in the world. The Energy & Transport Directorate General of the European Commission has committed one of the largest funds ever to this demonstration project.

The funding is part of the CUTE (Clean Urban Transport for Europe) demonstration project funded under the Fifth Framework Program for Research & Development. The EC is committed to promoting hydrogen as a power source as part of its plan to foster the use of alternative fuels in transport. Introduction of hydrogen fuel cell buses will improve air quality and reduce CO2 emissions in public transport systems.

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