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Coaches with hydrogen fuel cell powertrains for regional and long-distance passenger transport with energy optimized powertrains and cost optimized design – “CoacHyfied”

CoacHyfied

Coaches with hydrogen fuel cell powertrains for regional and long-distance passenger transport with energy optimized powertrains and cost optimized design – “CoacHyfied”

Call for proposal: 
H2020-JTI-FCH-2020-1
Link to CORDIS:
Background & policy context: 

In the past, fuel cell (FC) systems have been successfully developed for city buses. No activities towards the development of coaches are known in Europe so far. The target of this project is both to carry the experience from the development of FC city bus systems one step further into the more challenging constraints of typical coaches as well as to strengthen the European vehicle manufacturing base and supply chain of hydrogen components. 

Objectives: 

The project presents two coach solutions to solve the challenges of longer driving distances of regional and long-distance coaches (400-800 km), the more stringent packaging constraints, less favourable driving patterns (lower recuperation) and higher auxiliary powers (air conditioning & heating) and demonstrates the coaches at two regions in 2 to 3-year demo phases.

The project is based on a coherent structure and balanced partnership, addresses all call specific requirements and aims for the highest benefits from a technological and market perspective:

  • both coach types being equally addressed by applying a common hybrid system concept and preparing for the development of FC drive system synergies
  • comparing different and modular FC packaging concepts by the use of multiple and single FC units being tested in fulfilment of the 100 kW power requirement
  • one set of coaches to develop an OEM-based new-built FC coach and another one an existing coach retrofit to also provide answers for the second life use of environmentally outdated coach chassis
  • partnering with established FC manufacturers promising to reach the required 25,000 operating hours minimum, and validated in the project possibly with used stacks
  • an experienced composite tank manufacturer to discuss the design option of potentially applying 350 bar and 700 bar technology for the coaches in fulfilment of targeting the required driving ranges at lowest costs and
  • experienced automotive system developers to search for operational minimum energy consumption patterns.
Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
FCH-01-5-2020 Demonstration of FC Coaches for regional passenger transport
Lead Organisation: 

Fev Europe Gmbh

Address: 
Neuenhofstrasse 181
52078 Aachen
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€624,718
Partner Organisations: 

Coventry University

Address: 
Priory Street
Coventry
CV1 5FB
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€133,039

Sia Dobeles Autobusu Parks

Address: 
UZVARAS 12 A
DOBELE 3701
Latvia
EU Contribution: 
€419,565

Ballard Power Systems Europe As

Address: 
MAJSMARKEN 1
9500 HOBRO
Denmark
EU Contribution: 
€489,487

I See Mobility Gmbh

Address: 
REICHSWALDSTR 52
90571 SCHWAIG BEI NURNBERG
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€803,780

Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen

Address: 
Templergraben
52062 Aachen
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€128,230

Trezors

Address: 
AUSTRAS IELA 7
LIELVARDE 5070
Latvia
EU Contribution: 
€67,582

Plastic Omnium New Energies Wels Gmbh

Address: 
MARIA THERESIA STRASSE 46 2
4600 WELS
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€377,937

Nproxx Bv

Address: 
VOGT 21
6422 RK HEERLEN
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€465,688

Kiwa Nederland Bv

Address: 
WILMERSDORF 50
7327AC APELDOORN
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€146,461

Otokar Otomotiv Ve Savunma Sanayi As

Address: 
AYDINEVLER MAH SAYGI CAD NO 58
MALTEPE
Turkey
EU Contribution: 
€599,878

Engie Energie Services

Address: 
1 PLACE SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN - FAUBOURG DE L'ARCHE
92930 PARIS LA DEFENSE CEDEX
France
EU Contribution: 
€111,377

Ford Otomotiv Sanayi Anonim Sirketi

Address: 
AKPINAR MAH HASAN BASRI CAD NO 2 SANCAKTEPE
34885 ISTANBUL
Turkey
EU Contribution: 
€181,272

Hyport

Address: 
1 PLACE SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN
92930 PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€450,428
Technologies: 
Development phase: