Arriva Group places first hydrogen bus order in The Netherlands

Following the signing of its first hydrogen bus agreement, Arriva is expecting delivery of ten buses in the Netherlands in December, with operations due to start in early 2022.

Arriva plans to replace diesel buses, providing hydrogen-fuelled technology to journeys in Achterhoek, Gelderland, a region which is participating in the European JIVE2 programme (Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles) focusing on the promotion of emission-free public transport. 

The buses are expected to travel over one million km a year.

The vehicles are being manufactured by Solaris and are powered by hydrogen which is stored in on-board tanks able to carry 1,500 litres. 

Electricity is generated via a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen in the fuel cell, with the only emissions being heat and water.

Liz Benison, Arriva managing director, Europe, says: “This is an exciting development for Arriva with hydrogen technology now reaching a level of maturity that allows it to become part of our fleet strategy in European markets that support its introduction. Our journey to net zero continues, helping to reduce pollution and provide sustainable ways of keeping communities connected”.

The ten vehicles and the supporting infrastructure represents an investment of €6.4million, funded in partnership between Gelderland province, Arriva and the EU. Hydrogen is a growing technology in the Netherlands with Arriva participating in a hydrogen train trial in the north of the country. Arriva Group also operates two hydrogen buses in Denmark as part of a local trial, but the order in The Netherlands represents its most significant investment in hydrogen technology to date.