GCK and Keolis sign a partnership agreement to trial a hydrogen-powered coach

30th January 2024

Attending the Hyvolution exhibition from 30 January to 1 February 2024, GCK and Keolis have announced a partnership agreement to trial a coach equipped with an internal combustion engine converted to run on hydrogen.

Supplied by mobility operator Keolis, the vehicle is an IVECO Crossway “normal floor” coach, with technical development and conversion carried out by GCK Mobility with support from Solution F. The two subsidiaries of the GCK group are converting the Cursor 9 engine from diesel to hydrogen.

The coach is a demonstrator for the technological and operational expertise of both groups. The vehicle trials are scheduled for the first quarter of 2025.

Paris, 30 January 2024 – GCK and Keolis have signed a partnership agreement to trial a coach equipped with an internal combustion engine converted to run on hydrogen. Presented on the GCK stand at the Hyvolution trade show in Paris, this trial is an opportunity for both groups to test solutions that could help to decarbonise transport.

The trial involves an IVECO Crossway coach supplied by Keolis. Technical development will be carried out by two subsidiaries of the GCK group: GCK Mobility is adapting the vehicle, and Solution F the engine (a Cursor 9). The operation will take place at GCK Mobility's new workshops in Cournon-d'Auvergne (Puy-de-Dôme) in central France.

The primary goal of the partnership is to validate the prototype and test its performance and operation. The trial will also enable Keolis and GCK to explore a new solution meeting the criteria for vehicles with zero CO2 emissions, which they can then offer to their respective clients. It will also involve reusing 100% of the equipment in the existing coach, helping to develop a circular economy. Finally, it constitutes a new alternative for decarbonising mobility.

The trials of the vehicle are scheduled for the first quarter of 2025 before submission for official approval. The Keolis Group will offer its clients the opportunity to test this alternative solution for the energy transition.

“This partnership with Keolis will enable us to test hydrogen-powered engine technology once again, supplementing the retrofit solutions that have already been a success for the group. A solution that corresponds to different types of use case: greater power, more suitable for more demanding applications.”

Éric Boudot, chairman of GCK

“With this trial, we are taking part in the development of a technology for the future. Keolis guides its clients through their energy transition and their decision-making so that they can benefit from the most suitable solution for their community. This trial, which is part of the Group's low-carbon journey, reflects our ambition to develop innovations that will contribute to decarbonising public transport.”

Pierre Gosset, group director, industrial division at Keolis