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Hungary launches first hydrogen-powered bus service

Hungary is launching its first ever hydrogen-powered public bus service between Budapest and nearby Vecses, the state secretary for climate, energy policy and the development of the circular economy said on Wednesday.

The test service will run for just over three weeks under Hungary’s Green Bus Programme, Attila Steiner said at the bus’s unveiling, adding that it would provide useful information on the everyday use of hydrogen technology.

The project is being organised by the HUMDA Hungarian Motorsport and Green Mobility Development Agency using a Solaris Urbino 12 electric hydrogen fuel cell bus that will be operated by national bus carrier Volanbusz.

The transport sector accounts for around a fifth of Hungary’s CO2 emissions, Steiner said, adding that the country would need to implement significant changes to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Hungary’s government approved the National Hydrogen Strategy last year, he noted, adding that a hydrogen association had also been launched with the participation of industry players.

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