Ireland’s first hydrogen bus has taken to the streets of Dublin today as part of a multi week, in-service, trial of a fuel cell electric bus in the Dublin area.
The bus, powered by a 60KW Toyota fuel cell stack, will be the first ever Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) put into public service operation on the Island of Ireland. It is particularly significant that the vehicle in this first trial, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, is a bus that will be operated on different routes by CIÉ Group bus companies Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus as well as by Dublin City University (DCU) and Dublin Airport over a number of weeks in November and December, albeit carrying limited passengers due to the current Covid restrictions.
Insight researchers and the Smart DCU team are also playing a key part in this initiative, equipping the bus with state of the art IoT (Internet of Things) sensors to gather information in real-time which will be analysed as part of the overall research.
You can read the full story in The Irish Times here.