International Fuelcellbus Collaborative

CHIC Phase 1: London

As a CHIC Phase 1 city, London began operating a fleet of eight fuel cell hybrid buses on highly visible urban routes in 2011. This demonstration follows on London's successful previous participation in the CUTE and HyFLEET:CUTE programs. London's TFL operates over 8,500 buses and is one of the largest transit agencies in the world.

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Project Details

Program CHIC
Partner Program London Hydrogen Partnership, Hydrogen Bus Alliance
Region Europe
Country UK
City London
Transit Operator TfL, First Group
Sponsor(s) FCH JU, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, TfL
Fleet Size 8 Buses

Demonstration Status

The first bus arrived in December 2010, with four more delivered in 2011.  The 6th bus was delivered in March 2013 and the remaining two buses went into service in fall of 2013.

Status Active
Bus Deployment Start Date Dec 2010

Bus Details

Bus Manufacturer Wrightbus
Length 12.0 m / ft

Fuel Cell System

Manufacturer Ballard
Integrator Bluways
Architecture Fuel Cell Dominant Hybrid
Fuel Cell Model FC Velocity HD6
Rated Fuel Cell Power (kW) 75


Energy Storage Type ultracapacitors
Energy Storage (kWh) 0.5

H2 Fueling Infrastructure

A new station was constructed in 2010 as part of the CHIC program.  The station is supplied by delivered liquid hydrogen.  A second mobile trailer station will be added to add more flexibility to the buses.

H2 Provider

Air Products

Station 1 Details

H2 Source

New station at bus depot Off-Site

Station 2 Details

H2 Source

In planning

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