Syntus was presented with a new hydrogen bus by HyMove B.V. on 17 June. The bus will be deployed in the region of Arnhem-Apeldoorn.
The bus was developed by the Polish bus developer Solbus and runs on a fuel system created by HyMove B.V., which provides the bus with its electrical power. For Syntus, the bus is the first in a series that will be introduced on the market on a commercial basis by Solbus and HyMove B.V. Gelderland is the first province in the Netherlands that will be using this new generation of zero-emission hydrogen buses. For the province, which supports the project, the experience of using hydrogen buses in public transport is important, as is the technology that was used, which comes from local businesses and creates valuable job opportunities in the region.
"We see it as our social responsibility to contribute to the ongoing introduction of zero-emission bus transport," said Cees Anker, general director of public transport operator Syntus, after he had ceremoniously opened the hydrogen bus's door together with delegate Jan Jacob van Dijk of the province of Gelderland. "We have acquired a wealth of valuable experience with hydrogen buses in the region in the past few years. That is why the use of hydrogen buses was already included as an option in the public transport tenders. Nothing has come of that yet, however. Together with the provincial government and HyMove, we decided to start a pilot programme with the hydrogen bus. This also ties in with the agreement between public transport operators and State Secretary Dijksma, which states that only zero-emission buses may be used in public transport from 2025."