By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Foton + Image via Twitter @AndrewConstance

FOLLOWING news late 2020 that Foton would be entering the Australian bus market with hydrogen-powered product, it has now entered into a strategic partnership with Australian e-mobility company TrueGreen, it reports.

As part of the announcement, Foton Mobility plans to establish a production facility at the TrueGreen Clean-Tech Manufacturing Village in Moss Vale, NSW, it confirms.

Foton Mobility Pty Ltd – established to "deliver Australia’s first high-quality hydrogen-powered buses" - is the name of the new company formed via the partnership between Foton Bus Australia and The TrueGreen Mobility Group.

The new entity will introduce a range of hydrogen bus products in the coming years, commencing in early 2021 with the first 12.5-metre low-floor city bus, powered by Toyota Fuel cells, Foton confirms.

Former Yutong Australia GM Neil Wang will head up Foton Mobility as its CEO.

As part of this strategic partnership, Foton Mobility also announces the engagement of Gemilang Australia as Foton Mobility’s engineering, aftersales and technology support partner. This partnership enables Foton Mobility national infrastructure to support the rollout of both hydrogen bus fleets and hydrogen fuel supply plus reliable and robust aftersales service, it explains.

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The first four Foton Mobility hydrogen buses using Toyota fuel cells are currently being manufactured [in China] with delivery in Australia scheduled for April, 2021.

Orders are now being taken for 2021 deliveries with the ability to produce and deliver up to 200 hydrogen city buses for Australia this calendar year, the company states.

As part of the announcement, Foton Mobility plans to establish a production facility at the TrueGreen Clean-Tech Manufacturing Village in Moss Vale, NSW, it confirms. This Australian facility will be capable of locally producing hydrogen buses in by Q2, 2022 Foton states. This production facility will create new, clean-tech jobs for Australia and bolster Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capabilities, it adds.

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Foton Group belongs to the largest China commercial vehicle group, Beiqi Group, it states. Beiqi Foton is the OEM of Cummins engine and Daimler Truck.

Foton has already sold more than 40,000 units of zero-emission buses around the world including 600 hydrogen buses, it confirms.

Beiqi Foton, SinoHytec, Toyota, and the other two companies established an R&D joint venture for commercial vehicle fuel cell systems, Foton states. All Foton Australia fuel cell engines are from this project and are directly supported by this joint venture company, it explains.



Part of the TrueGreen Group Impact Invest Group, TrueGreen Mobility is Australia’s largest and most progressive zero-emission mobility group, it states.

With investments in companies such as Nexport, Gemilang, Impact Boats and various other clean-tech operations, the group is at the forefront of the zero-emission mobility transition in Australia, it states.

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