The tram-buses will be produced by Belgian company Van Hool, an industrial vehicle manufacturer, and will be delivered to the city in early 2016. They will run on one of the busiest routes in the city, the Hamburg M3 line.
Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool said: ‘The combination of advanced technology integrated into high-comfort vehicles with a distinctly contemporary design appeals to customers all over the world’.
Between 2015 and 2019, Van Hool will lead a consortium of 14 partners to realise 21 hydrogen fuel cell buses in the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, France and Belgium. The project, named 3Emotion, will run for five years with a total value of € 41.8m. The European Commission will contribute € 15m.