French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated Pau’s new hydrogen bus, on January 14th,that has been operating in the city for a month. Hydrogen buses are environmently friendly and less polluting than diesel buses.
This is considered the first trip for Macron to the region since one in November to Amiens, as he has been limiting his trips since the eruption of protests on December 5th over the pension reform plans.
According to Teller Report, Pau’s mayor François Bayrou is accompanying Macron on his tour with the zero-polluting bus, which is the first among a fleet of eight others, running from the city’s north to south axis. Similar buses are currently operating on other axes such as the Yvelines, between Versailles and Jouy-en-Josas and in Pas-de-Calais between Bruay-La-Buissière and Auchel.
The new hydrogen bus, called Fébus, has leather and wooden interior and does not emit any particles or nitrogen oxide, which is better for the city’s climate and air quality as well. Since the explosion of the hydrogen-inflated Zeppelin “Hindenburg” near New York in 1937, usage of hydrogen in transportation has been banned, as it is very light and tends to leak. It can easily ignite if a certain percentage is in contact with the air, EN24 reports.