New Fuel Cell Mercedes Citaro Buses Enter Service in Switzerland

Fuel Cell Mercedes Citaro 1 photo
Photo: Mercedes-Benz
The hydrogen fuel cell, we think, is still the best way to power us into the future, cleanly, efficiently and very simply, by combining hydrogen and oxygen and capturing the electrical charge of the chemical reaction and storing it in a battery of some sort.
Apart from the FCX Clarity from Honda, the technology has been successfully used elsewhere in the world, like in Switzerland, where since the end of 2011, five Mercedes Citaro FuelCELL buses have been serving active duty in and around the town of Brugg, home to some 10,500 inhabitants.

The buses have been serving their purpose admirably, and with the fuel cell stuff tucked away on the roof, it can carry the same number of passengers as a regular Citaro bus. However, thanks to advancements in the technology, the new buses are a whopping 50% more efficient that the previous version, now being capable of going 240km (150miles) before having to be filled up with 35 more kilograms (77.1 lbs) of hydrogen.

Since they are now in their second generation and doing well, we see no reason for the mass adoption of fuel cell technology, at least for public transportation in the world’s congested and polluted major cities.

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