Policy & Research

Pau to introduce fuel cell tram-buses in 2019

Eight ExquiCity tram-buses will be delivered to the transport operator in Pau during the second half of 2019. These clean energy hybrid tram-buses are the first of their kind in France.

Powered by hydrogen fuel cells, their only emission is water vapour. Lithium batteries will provide additional power when needed. The tram-buses are over 18 metres long, can carry 125 passengers and have a range of over 300 kilometres. Refuelling the hydrogen fuel cells takes only 10 minutes.

In addition to environmental benefits, the hybrid fuel cell tram-buses offer high passenger comfort and safety, and cost less than a traditional tram.

“We are excited to see continued market expansion of fuel cell-powered mass transit vehicles in Europe, as typified by this tram-bus project. This is a further sign of the growing importance of zero-emission fuel cell solutions globally,” said Rob Campbell, Ballard Chief Commercial Officer.

The deployment is funded by Europe’s FCH JU programme, partially within the project 3Emotion.

Photo credit: 3Emotion project