an appropriate hydrogen filling station is missing in the Groß-Gerau district. And also for the proposed fleet conversion needed for fuel-cell buses exist to date only on paper. But after all, agreement has been reached on the way the Local public transport company mbH, a subsidiary of the Ried, works, should, in order to have up to a maximum of 2030 a completely pollution-free vehicle propelled fleet. Currently, around 80 buses are in the circle.

Markus Schug

correspondent of the Rhein-Main-Zeitung in Mainz.

F. A. Z.

The first of 22 new buses you want, appropriate funding commitments from the Federal government and the country, by 2023, on the streets, said Christian Sommer, managing Director of the in Groß-Gerau-based transport company, yesterday, after a meeting of the Supervisory Board. For the adopted system, the company, which makes circuit-wide each year, around 7.5 million passengers from currently four bus companies transport is allowed to spend in the next five years, around twelve million euros. Where a fuel cell bus costs depending on the provider, with more than 600,000 Euro in about two and a half times the usual Diesel variant.

“emission-free mobility in transport”

Modern vehicles with new Diesel technology purchase was from the beginning, but not an Option been said of the First circle associated, Walter Astheimer (The Green), as well as district administrator Thomas Wants (SPD) yesterday pointed out that the fundamental decision for an “emission-free mobility in transport” in the district as early as 2015, so, long before the nationwide excitement concern the fine dust debate, had fallen.

Meanwhile, the results of a report, prepared by TÜV Rheinland and Cologne ingenieurbüro Emcel. The consortium compared to all the coming “climate-friendly vehicle technologies” to determine whether and to what extent they were suitable for a line operating in the Groß-Gerau district.


the bottom line is set by the fuel cell, in this case, so in the case of a circle, and in the case of Busumläufen with a distance of up to 400 kilometers of the day, clearly, said Emcel-managing Director Marcel Corneille: both the parameters are zero Emissions, flexibility and range, as well as with a view on the cost of the intended conversion. Electric, respectively, battery buses, which would have to be charged either overnight in the hall or on the way to stations, would be cut off in comparison, much worse, what might look like according to Corneille in another County or to a city with other conditions, but also quite different.

everything Goes according to Plan, should be in the North of the district, if possible, already by 2020, the first two hydrogen test vehicles on the road. What makes first and foremost, a gas station is necessary, as they are on the site of Infraserv Höchst industrial Park. However, the Raunheimer industrial area “Mönchhof” and the premises adjacent to the works would be seem as a potential station locations imaginable. By 2022 could come in the summer according to regular fuel cell buses in the twenties and Sixties – lines.