International Fuelcellbus Collaborative

Hamburg FuelCELL Hybrid

Four Citaro FuelCELL hybrid buses began operation in 2011 in Hamburg, Germany. The demonstration is part of a number of partnerships including the CEP and CHIC, where it is a Phase 0 city committed to sharing results to the CHIC program. This project is funded through the Minsterium of Transport, Building and Urban Development under the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). The bus uses the same technology as the Mercedes-Benz BluTech diesel hybrid buses and the same fuel cell modules as the Merecdes Benz B-Class F-CELL passenger car.

Additionally, Hamburg began operating two Solaris fuel cell buses in December of 2014.  The six fuel cell buses run alongside other alternative fuel buses on HOCHBAHN's Innovation Line.


Project News

Project Details

Program NIP
Partner Program CHIC, CEP, hySOLUTIONS, NOW
Region Europe
Country Germany
City Hamburg
Transit Operator Hamburger Hochbahn AG
Sponsor(s) NIP, NOW
Fleet Size 6 Buses

Demonstration Status

The first two Daimler buses entered service early in 2012. Two more buses were delivered in 2012.  Solaris delivered 2 buses in 2014.

Status Active
Bus Deployment Start Date Aug 2011

Bus Details

Bus Manufacturer Daimler/EvoBus
Bus Model Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid
Length 12 m /39.0 ft
Curb Weight 13,200 kg / lbs
Passenger Count (Seats/Total) 26 / 76

Fuel Cell System

Manufacturer AFCC
Integrator Daimler
Architecture Fuel Cell Dominant Hybrid
Rated Fuel Cell Power (kW) 120


Energy Storage Type Lithium ion
Energy Storage (kWh) 26

H2 Fueling Infrastructure

H2 Partner(s)


Station 1 Details

H2 Source

Hafen City, Public, Oberbaumbrücke, Hamburg On-Site Electrolysis, Off-Site

Station 2 Details

H2 Source

Cuxhavener Str., TOTAL, Public open in 2012Off-Site

Station 3 Details

H2 Source

Bramfelder Chaussee, Shell, open in 2012, Complies with H2Mobility specifications On-Site Electrolysis, Off-site

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