The city of Bologna is launching one of the largest fuel cell bus projects in Europe so far. This will include 127 units that are expected to be in operation by mid-2026 and 34 to arrive by 2024.  

It has been reported that an agreement has been signed between Bogna City Council, public transport operator TPER and Srm. An investment of over 90 million euro of Next Generation EU funds has been given to this project.  

The agreement will see the purchase of 127 hydrogen-powered buses by 30th June 2026, of which at least 34 by the end of 2024, and the construction of the relevant infrastructure.  

The venture will see TPER manage the procedures for the purchase of the vehicles and provide the work for the hydrogen filling stations at its city depots. It has been said by the city and TPER that the new hydrogen-powered vehicles will primarily replace Euro II and III class diesel-powered buses. Soon after, this will be followed by Euro IV, V and Euro V EEV class diesel and methane buses.  

Srm will play its role in the partnership by supervising compliance with deadlines and will regularly check on the progress of interventions.