It is expected that they will start running in a test mode by the end of 2020.
St. Petersburg’s public bus operator Passazhiravtotrans has signed an agreement with Krylov State Research Center to prepare for testing the first hydrogen-powered bus in St. Petersburg.
According to the company’s press office, researchers and Passazhiravtotrans will study options for deploying buses powered by hydrogen cells in St. Petersburg.
In 2019, Passazhiravtotrans concluded an agreement with the Portuguese manufacturer Caetanobus that supplies hydrogen-powered H2.City Gold buses to London.
Hydrogen-powered buses are also used in Japan, France and a number of other countries. They do not emit exhaust gases and have a large autonomous running period.
Before the testing of hydrogen-powered buses can start in St. Petersburg, the vehicles ought to be certified. By preliminary estimation, we should be able to see them in the streets of the city at the end of 2020.