Volgren receives a hydrogen grant from the Victorian Government

Volgren will use a grant from the Victorian state government to develop its first Australian-designed and built commercial-grade hydrogen fuel cell electric bus.

State government funding will help Volgren build hydrogen buses locally

Volgren will use a grant from the Victorian state government to develop its first Australian-designed and built commercial-grade hydrogen fuel cell electric bus.

The grant is part of the state government’s Renewable Hydrogen Commercialization Pathways Fund. Both vehicles will be built locally in Dandenong, providing valuable insight into the performance and marketing of hydrogen buses in Victoria.

Volgren expects to finalize a prototype for demonstration and road testing by the middle of next year and negotiations with a suitable chassis supplier are currently underway.

Thiago Deiro, CEO of Volgren, said the project is an exciting opportunity to introduce hydrogen fuel cell electric buses to Victoria and develop local expertise in the use of clean energy.

“Volgren has always been at the forefront of adopting new technologies. We have proven this with the development of our battery-electric buses and now we have the opportunity to do the same with our first hydrogen-powered prototype.

“This valuable investment from the Victorian Government is prioritizing renewable transport options and supporting Victorian jobs. It is also contributing to the Victorian Government’s clean energy transition and will help support Victoria’s long-term goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

Volgren CEO Thiago Deiro is excited about the opportunity to manufacture these buses

Deiro said the investment would allow Volgren to design a hydrogen bus suitable for local conditions and work towards continued production of hydrogen vehicles.

“By creating local manufacturing capabilities, you reduce the reliance on importing full hydrogen buses. You also develop the local supply chain and training needed to service and maintain hydrogen technology,” a- he explained.

“It also means that operators and governments can be sure that their vehicle will be on the road for 15 years or more.”

He said a key part of the project would be to ensure compliance with key safety requirements for flammable gases, high voltage systems and battery storage systems.

It is estimated that the Optimus-bodied hydrogen-powered prototype will reduce emissions by around 30 tonnes of CO2 per year compared to a diesel bus.

“Volgren is committed to helping reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation system and believes electric and hydrogen buses have their place in a carbon-free world,” Deiro said.

The hydrogen bus will be manufactured in Victoria

About Volgren

Volgren is Australia’s largest bus body builder with manufacturing operations in Dandenong (Victoria), Eagle Farm (Queensland) and Malaga (Western Australia).

Volgren has designed, built and delivered nearly 10,000 bus bodies, including battery electric buses and built with approximately 85% local content.

Volgren is a strong advocate for local jobs; manufacture, equip and finalize buses in facilities spread throughout the territory. In Victoria alone, Volgren uses around a hundred Australian suppliers and generates nearly 90% of local production.

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