Australia’s first hydrogen powered city bus
TrueGreen Mobility Group will deliver Australia’s first hydrogen powered city bus through its investment in Foton Mobility.Foton Mobility Pty Ltd, is a new company formed by the strategic partnership between Foton Bus Australia and The TrueGreen Mobility Group and is one hundred percent Australian owned.
TrueGreen Mobility, part of the TrueGreen Group Impact Invest Group, are Australia’s largest and progressive Zero-emission mobility group. With investments in companies such as Nexport, Gemilang, EV Direct and various other clean-tech operations, the group are at the forefront of the Zero-emission mobility transition in Australia.
Foton Group belongs to the largest China commercial vehicle group, Beiqi Group. Beiqi Foton is the OEM of Cummins engine and Daimler Truck. Foton has already sold more than 40,000 units of Zero-emission buses around the world including 600 hydrogen buses. Beiqi Foton, SinoHytec, Toyota, and the other two companies established an R&D joint venture for commercial vehicle fuel cell systems. All Foton Australia fuel cell engines are from this project and are directly supported by this joint venture company.
Foton Mobility will introduce a range of Hydrogen bus products in the coming years, commencing in early 2021 with the first 12.5-metre low floor city bus, powered by Toyota Fuel cells.
As part of this strategic partnership, Foton Mobility also announced the engagement of Gemilang Australia as Foton Mobility’s engineering, aftersales and technology support partner. This partnership enables Foton Mobility national infrastructure to support the rollout of both hydrogen bus fleets and hydrogen fuel supply plus reliable and robust aftersales service.
The first four Foton Mobility Hydrogen buses using the Toyota Fuel Cells are currently being manufactured with delivery in Australia scheduled for April 2021. Orders are now being taken for 2021 deliveries with the ability to produce and deliver up to 200 hydrogen city buses for Australia this calendar year.
The company also announced the planned establishment of a production facility at the TrueGreen Clean-Tech Manufacturing Village in Moss Vale NSW. This Australian facility will be capable of locally producing hydrogen buses in Australia by Q2, 2022. This production facility will create new, clean-tech jobs for Australia and bolster Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capabilities.