Energy transition: Hydrogen in the spotlight at the RNTP
The push toward decarbonized mobilities involves the entire public transport sector. At the RNTP in Clermont-Ferrand, numerous innovations showcased the growing role of hydrogen. Keolis’s announcement that it will test a line of hydrogen buses in the Clermont-Ferrand area is one notable example. In September 2024, 14 “retrofitted” vehicles (diesel buses converted to green-powered buses) will operate on a major line in the area.
Retrofitting toward hydrogen, electric or hybrid solutions is becoming an increasingly widespread solution. The trend shows no signs of slowing down, with three government decrees published in October 2023 aim to facilitate its development.
It is also worth noting the Solarbus photovoltaic solutions, developed by Europart, have entered the industrialization phase. These are photovoltaic solar panels installed on vehicle or depot roofs. Keolis’s Danish subsidiary already co-conducted an experiment on this use case in 2022.