The Moscow authorities intend to put into operation hydrogen buses in the next 30 years as part of a strategy to develop a network of environmentally friendly transport, said in his column for RBC head of the Moscow Department of Transport Maxim Liksutov.
He recalled that Russia follows the terms of the Paris Climate Agreement, according to which, by 2030, greenhouse gas emissions should be no more than 70% of the 1990 level. To this end, the capital began to change diesel buses to electric buses. Now in Moscow, almost 10% of the ground transport fleet (600 units) are electric buses, Liksutov said. By the end of 2023, the authorities plan to bring this figure to 2.2 thousand.
"The next step in the development of energy efficient and environmentally friendly transport is the use of hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity directly on the bus, where the main fuel is hydrogen, and there is no need for charging stations," said the head of the Moscow Department of Transport.
Liksutov noted that there are already more than 500 hydrogen refueling stations in the world and the widespread introduction of hydrogen transport can occur within 30 years. This period "in general can be attributed to the timing of the introduction of hydrogen buses in Moscow," he explained.
Deputy Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Alexander Morozov reported at the end of February that a model of public transport that runs on hydrogen could appear in Russia by 2023. In addition, this technology is planned to be used on combines and tractors.