Alternative Drives Flixbus Plans Long-Distance Bus with Fuel Cell Drive

FlixBus plans the first European long-distance bus with fuel cell drive.
FlixBus plans the first European long-distance bus with fuel cell drive.

Flixbus (Flixmobility) invests in alternative drives and is going to test fuel-powered buses in long-distance bus services. The company is working with Freudenberg Sealing Technologies on the future project. Initial discussions with bus manufacturers for this pioneering project are already underway.

The long-distance bus has established itself as one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transport. Now FlixMobility wants to go one step further together with Freudenberg. Fabian Stenger, Managing Director of FlixBus DACH explained: »We want to help shape the future of mobility. The modern FlixBus fleet is already extremely environmentally friendly. Those who travel by long-distance bus already save 80 per cent of CO2 emissions compared with driving a passenger car. Nevertheless, we are constantly asking ourselves how we can make travel even more sustainable. Following the successful launch of three electric long-distance buses, we now want to develop the first long-distance bus with fuel cell drive together with Freudenberg and set a further milestone in the history of mobility.«

The first electric buses in France and Germany were produced by the manufacturers BYD and Yutong from China. Fuel cell technology is now an opportunity, especially for European bus manufacturers, to finally influence the turnaround in mobility. The first talks with bus manufacturers for this forward-looking project are already taking place. To implement the project, the two companies are aiming for public funding within the framework of the »National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology«. The aim is to ensure that this technology reaches market maturity more quickly and thus makes a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions from road traffic.

»A hybrid system that intelligently combines battery and fuel cells is particularly practical for heavier vehicles that cover long distances, since purely electric drives currently still have a short range. Initially, a representative bus fleet will be equipped with the system during the validation phase. In the future, we want to make a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions from road traffic. What we are doing together with FlixMobility on the roads of Europe is also groundbreaking for other areas of mobility«, so Claus Möhlenkamp, CEO of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies.