Abstract for: A SD-based Analysis of the Market for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Urban Buses

The paper investigates the potential of urban transit buses to provide an early market for hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEM FCs) in road transport. System Dynamics has already been used to explore the transition towards the large scale use of hydrogen fuel cells in road transport as a whole. Given the importance of establishing early and niche markets first, on the route to mainstream markets, this paper focuses on one early market in road transport which is considered to be particularly important: urban transit buses. A System Dynamics model has been developed in order to address this particular market in detail. The model is currently still being refined; however results generated so far suggest that the market uptake of PEM FC buses will not be rapid and will require significant public support.