Chinese bus manufacturer Foton has is to supply three hydrogen fuel cell electric buses to Metro Tasmania, the state-owned public transport group.

The three FCEBs will run in Hobart as part of a three-year trial to begin in early 2024, which will run in tandem with a two-year battery electric bus (BEB) trial to be run in Launceston.

The two trials are central to the Tasmanian government’s target to hit net zero emissions by 2030. Tasmania is well placed to deliver zero emissions transport through either electric of fuel cell buses given its grid is already 100% powered by renewable energy, mostly hydro but also a growing number of wind farms and some rooftop solar.

“FMD will bring to the table over 12 years of hydrogen vehicle experience, including technical and operational data via our OEM, supported by safety and skills training in the safe operation and maintenance of the vehicles,” said Neil Wang, CEO of Foton Mobility Distribution (FMD).

Extracted in full from: Foton to deliver three hydrogen buses as Tasmania weights electric and fuel cell options (