The President of the European Commission and the Prime Minister of Latvia had a tour of the hydrogen powered trolleybus deployed as part of the H2Nodes project, providing clean urban transportation in Riga.
10 of these ‘HyTrolley’ trolleybuses have been deployed by Rigas Satiksme as part of the H2Nodes project, funded by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). All 10 trolleybuses are in daily operation in Riga and are the first vehicles of this type worldwide, enabling the trolleybus system to increase its reach beyond the current network and providing resilience and flexibility against electricity grid blackouts.
The tour of the H2Nodes trolleybus was included as part of a strategic meeting between the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Prime Minister of Latvia, Krišjānis Kariņš, including a wider discussion on Latvia's plan for the European Union Recovery Fund’s investment.
Within the framework of the visit, the Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission looked at the hydrogen-powered trolleybus and were informed of the Riga City Council's intention to modernise and reform the traffic system in the capital city, and after this visited Riga Technical University, highlighting several projects which are co-financed by the EU.
For some of the highlights of the visit, including the tour of the H2Nodes trolleybus, see the social media post from the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen: https://twitter.com/vonderleyen/status/1407269703547080707