SATA – the lift company responsible for Alpe d’Huez and Les 2 Alpes has confirmed it has ordered five new hydrogen-powered snow groomers (fondly known ‘Piste Bashers’ to Brits) and three new zero-emission hydrogen buses.
Equivalent to existing diesel vehicles
The hydrogen snow groomers will be able to operate continuously for 8 hours and have climbing and acceleration capacities identical to the standard vehicles.
In addition, Alpe d’Huez resort has ordered a hydrogen retrofit for three zero-emission buses in partnership with Resalp.
Each bus’s engine will be replaced by a 210 kW electric motor powered by a 55 kW fuel cell coupled to a 15 KWh battery.
The first prototype will also be delivered at the end of 2022 before entering the approval phase in 2023 with a view to commissioning the three vehicles in early 2024.