A group of firms in Rio de Janeiro have formed a cooperation to produce and sell hydrogen and electricity-powered buses in the next months. Production is expected to begin in 2022.
The prototypes were created at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering (Coppe-UFRJ). Early next year, pre-industrial scale production of a new prototype will commence. Following this phase, production and sales will take place.
According to the Energy and Environment Institute (IEMA), transportation is responsible for 47 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the country, with 23 percent relating to passenger transportation and 25 percent relating to cargo. These figures, however, exclude emissions from fires and deforestation.