Demonstration of Fuel Cell Coaches for Regional Passenger Transport

A consortium of 14 partners from all over Europe took the goals of the European Green Deal to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50% by 2030 and to reach a complete climate neutrality by 2050 as an opportunity to join forces and drive the development of fuel cell systems for coaches forward. The European funded project “Coaches with hydrogen fuel cell powertrains for regional and long-distance passenger transport with energy optimized powertrains and cost optimized design” (CoacHyfied) started in the beginning of 2021. The main goal of CoacHyfied is to present solutions for challenges in the medium range regional and long-distance public and commercial transport sector by developing and operating six fuel cell coaches at two regions in Latvia and France in two to three-year demo phases. Two types of coaches will be investigated: One set is dedicated to OEM-based new-built fuel cell coaches and the other one will be a retrofitting of existing coaches in order to also provide answers for a second life use of environmentally outdated coach chassis.