Thanks to Luxfer’s unique liner-processing technology, its cylinders are among the highest-capacity, fastest to refill and lightest Type 3 alternative fuel cylinders in the world, making them ideal for transit buses, light, medium and heavy-duty trucks, refuse vehicles and bulk gas transportation modules.
The system was developed by experts at Luxfer Gas Cylinders’ Alternative Fuel systems site in Nottingham, working alongside worldwide partners to deliver the project in just nine months - around three times quicker than standard clean bus builds.
Requiring just 10.5 kilograms of hydrogen to achieve more than 400 kilometres of range, the H2Bus contains a hydrogen fuel cell system and electric motor. To maintain optimum fuel efficiency, the weight of all components was minimised, and it was designed to deliver the fastest re-fueling of any equivalent bus on the market.
The minibus will now journey across Slovakia, Italy, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, proving the viability of the technology, with the goal of securing commercial orders.
Luxfer’s European Business Development Manager, Jim Gregory, joined the Bratislava launch. Addressing the 50-plus attendees, which included the Minister for the Economy, industry and media, he said: “This project was designed, built, tested and homologated in much less than one year, in collaboration with a dynamic team of engineers and suppliers from seven different European countries - all despite the huge limitations that COVID caused on travel and logistics.
“We’re extremely proud to see the H2Bus come to fruition – this is significant in helping many more bus operators and governments become another step closer to achieving their zero emissions targets.”