Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses for Urban Transport

Project Summary

This project is designed to stimulate the development and utilization of fuel cell buses by supporting a significant operational test of fuel cell buses in the greater São Paulo Metropolitan Area. It will assist the Brazilian Government and the Empresa Metropolitana de Transportes Urbanos de São Paulo S/A in obtaining and operating 8 fuel cell buses in order to provide feedback to the technology developers and to gain meaningful experience in the operation and management of buses powered by fuel cell drive trains. This project will both pave the way for further GEF projects in Brazil that will be required for fuel cell buses to be commercially produced and provide experience and increased demand for the fuel cell buses. Thus, it will contribute to cost-reductions, making the technology more available to other developing countries over the long run.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Mines and Energy
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
344,100 USD
GEF Project Grant
12,274,000 USD
Co-financing Total
9,169,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
Total Cost 21,787,100.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
25 Mar 1997
Concept Approved
01 Dec 1999
Project Approved for Implementation
20 Dec 2000
Project closed
07 Dec 2018