Hydrogen-Fuelled Public Transport Options on the Horizon

The Federal Government House Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Committee’s inquiry into automated mass transit is moving forward, with hearings set for next week to investigate the potential use of hydrogen gas to power public transport. The inquiry has been established to investigate road and rail mass transit systems, as well as point-to-point transport using automated vehicles to cover the ‘last mile’ and the role of new energy sources.

Committee Chair John Alexander says the Committee will hear evidence from Hydrogen Mobility Australia, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries and the Australasian Railway Association at a public hearing on Tuesday.

Mr Alexander said the use of hydrogen fuel cells to power vehicles and potential for automation of public transport is very evident.

Hydrogen Mobility Australia noted in a submission, that automation, connectivity and electric drivetrains are ‘inextricably linked in that they are complementary technologies’.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has added that hydrogen fuel cell development is taking place globally for a range of vehicle types including buses, trains, heavy trucks, material handling vehicles, as well as conventional motor vehicles. The result will be cleaner, greener, more efficient transport systems.

Source: https://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/news/federal-government-looks-at-hydrogen-run-public-tr#

18 Feb 2019