Gas and engineering company BOC, a subsidiary of Linde plc, and Foton Mobility have partnered to develop the hydrogen bus sector in Australia and New Zealand.
The partnership will develop operational and commercial hydrogen bus models across the entire supply chain including production, storage and refuelling, right through to leasing arrangements and maintenance.
The companies will develop pathways for scaling up hydrogen bus networks, as bus operators move from pilot hydrogen bus projects to widespread uptake across public transport networks.
Vesna Olles, Director Strategy and Clean Energy at BOC South Pacific, said, “BOC is delighted to be working with Foton Mobility to explore a variety of leasing arrangements for hydrogen buses and hydrogen refuelling stations and demonstrating a strong business case to government and private operators interested in decarbonising their bus fleets.
“Transport accounts for almost one-fifth of Australia’s total carbon emissions, which needs to be reduced significantly to meet net zero targets. Hydrogen buses are already widely used around the world, with proven technology and infrastructure making them a viable option for the future.”
Neil Wang, CEO of Foton Mobility said, “From developing infrastructure, hydrogen supply and vehicle deployment, we will be able to confidently supply low emission solutions to Australia’s transport sector.”