Alsa has launched the first urban bus powered by green hydrogen in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), in collaboration with Toyota, supplier of the vehicle, in a bid to make this energy “a reality in the Spanish transport network”.
Both companies have explained their goal of making all their vehicles zero-emissions in the medium term. While Toyota hopes to achieve zero emissions in 2030 in its entire fleet, Alsa plans that all its urban buses will be zero emissions in 2035 and intercity buses in 2040. “An objective that we even want to advance”, has reflected the director of engineering and office of European funds of Alsa, Miguel Ángel Alonso.
In this sense, the financial director of Toyota Spain, Fernando de Miguel, has highlighted the collaboration agreement with Alsa, whose future strategy is “very similar”, since they seek that heavy vehicles, including buses run on green hydrogen.
Among the advantages of this bus, which circulates regularly on two of the urban lines of Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), the company has highlighted its autonomy, of approximately 450 kilometres, and the speed of loading, “another of the strong points of vehicles powered by green hydrogen with respect to those with electric charge”, in the words of Fernando de Miguel.
To demonstrate this speed, those responsible for Alsa have exemplified what this loading process is like in the hydroline station they have at their facilities in Torrejón de Ardoz.
The commitment to hydrogen needs infrastructure and financing
During the presentation, the managers of Toyota and Alsa have stated some of the main demands to continue their commitment to green hydrogen, among which are the need for more infrastructure and a regulatory and financial framework that allows access to this type of combustion.
The financial director of Toyota Spain has explained that its range of vehicles powered by green hydrogen is currently being refueled thanks to the Manoteras hydrogen plant (Madrid), inaugurated in January 2021, although circulation is very limited since, “despite the great autonomy”, there is not enough road infrastructure to make long trips. “If this problem did not exist, green hydrogen vehicles could be sold normally,” De Miguel pointed out.
Thus, it has called for greater administrative regulations to be able to promote new hydrogen plants, although it is not among “the functions of the company”, in an appeal to public administrations to carry out this “hydrogen route”.
For his part, Alonso has expressed that from Alsa they are “pending” on European aid, placing “high hopes” in projects such as the Perte of green hydrogen, which will make it possible to cover technological deficiencies, as well as create a hydrogen network that generates energy for these vehicles.