Malaga will add the first two ‘green’ hydrogen-powered buses to its fleet

Empresa Malagueña de Transportes (EMT) continues to move towards green mobility. The latest acquisition under consideration for its bus fleet These are two 100% electric vehicles, thanks to the fuel cell that converts hydrogen into electricity. These two vehicles will cost 1.5 million euros and they are “priority” within the framework of European Next Generation funds.

The bus that was presented this morning is a loaner unit, “for try it, see its consumption, its efficiency and how it adapts to the operation of the EMT for a month of trial,” said the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre.

In principle it is the most effective and it does not pollute at all“, underlined the mayor of Malaga, who indicated that 12 vehicles with electric and combustion engines will be added to the fleet of 25 hybrid buses “in the coming days”. Hydrogen vehicles, according to the mayor, are more respectful the environment, insofar as it is produced from renewable energy, called “green hydrogen”.

With this purchase and the new ones to be carried out with the aforementioned European aid, Malaga’s public transport fleet In the short term, it will have 59 new generation vehicles, ecologicaland strengthens its benchmark position in terms of sustainable mobility.

The test vehicle, H2. CityGold has no combustion engine and runs on fuel cell power that turns green hydrogen into electricity, which is recharged from a hydrogen generator or fuel dispenser. hydrogen, supplied by the company Carburos Metálicos, and which facilitates autonomy to work all day using all the functionality and features of modern buses such as panels, displays and air conditioning.

The automaker has chosen Malaga, with its EMT fleet, as one of the first cities to show the future of mobility in urban transport, for being a technological reference in the sector and for the commitment of the town hall in the integration of new technologies in management in general, such as smartness, and in passenger transport, in particular.

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The hydrogen bus emits no emissions, as the only residual product it produces is water vapor, which is expelled through the tailpipe. Likewise, represents a qualitative leapsince the limits of autonomy are removed due to the capacity of the batteries which were incorporated in the first generations of electric buses.

The H2. CityGold mounts an electric motor that develops a nominal power of 180 kW. It has three batteries with a capacity of 44 kWh each and offer a range of at least 400 kilometers, which allows the bus to run during a working day. Another important feature is that it moves silently.

The Hydrogen recharging is done safely from a portable hydrogen generator that provides renewable hydrogen to refuel the bus. For this purpose – during this test – the EMT has engaged Carburos Metálicos, which is part of the Air Products group.

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