Strategy Document - Industry Dialogue
Without robust answers to how hydrogen bus technology performance and costs will evolve, hydrogen bus adopters may be not able to provide the substantial investment required to support hydrogen buses throughout their pre-commercialisation phase.
The results of this effort are synthetized in the HBA first publication, the “Strategy for 2010–2015 Alliance activities on hydrogen fuelled public transit buses”.
The document sets out Alliance’s strategy towards hydrogen bus commercialisation in the period 2008 to 2015 by analysing Alliance members’ requirements against the economic implications of the responses of over 20 major players in the hydrogen bus and fuelling infrastructure industries.
“Strategy for 2010–2015 Alliance activities on hydrogen fuelled public transit buses”
The Hydrogen Bus Alliance wish to enter a dialogue with the hydrogen bus and infrastructure industries to inform their strategy towards hydrogen bus commercialisation, in the period 2010 to 2015.
Mapping the Route to Commercialisation:
A number of international cities and regions with large bus fleets formed the Hydrogen Bus Alliance on 6 October 2006. These cities and regions represent leading adopters of new bus technologies on their respective continents and plan to act as leaders in the move to cleaner fuels for urban public transit. At present, the Alliance represents a cumulative fleet of over 12,000 buses and an average yearly purchase of over 1,200 city buses each year. A number of other cities and regions are keen to join the Alliance and we expect the size of the combined fleet
The Alliance includes the public transit agencies from:
• Amsterdam (GVB)
All of these cities and regions are characterised by high level political support for hydrogen bus deployment and active programmes to demonstrate new hydrogen buses by 2012. The Alliance members all intend to move towards procuring hydrogen buses on a continuous basis as hydrogen buses move towards
The Alliance will act as the leading end-user base in the push for commercial hydrogen fuelled public transit. The Alliance will first demonstrate buses in their fleets in order to gain confidence in the technology and share the knowledge achieved amongst members and with the relevant industries. The demonstration phase will be followed by a deployment phase in which the cities and regions will deploy vehicles in partnership with the bus and refuelling supply industries, with a view to achieving sufficient volume to reduce cost to acceptable levels. The Alliance will strengthen customer acceptance for the technology and help
To date, the Alliance has focussed on sharing of information about each member’s demonstration activities. Each member will purchase and operate at least five new demonstration hydrogen vehicles in the period from 2008 to 2012 and the sharing of procurement and performance information has already been
Without robust answers to how hydrogen bus technology will evolve to meet these requirements, the partners will not be able to provide the substantial investment required to support hydrogen buses through this critical phase of their development.
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