At this stage of fuel cell and hydrogen deployment we tend to busy ourselves a lot with necessary policy support measures, the need for standardisation, “chicken and egg and hen challenges” or contemplate overarching dissemination strategies and financial schemes. We forget that in many places in Europe fuel cell vehicles are hitting the roads everyday and are quickly becoming a reality in the working lives of many colleagues. Take Ron, the Platinum 19 bus driver in Aberdeen, with whom we met on May 5 at the bus stop of the X40 near Union Square station in Aberdeen. He has been selected as one of the 25 bus drivers, of the 40 who applied, to drive one of the four fuel cell buses that are operated by First bus and six that Stagecoach is running in and around the city of Aberdeen. The buses are co-funded through the High.V.LO-City and HyTransit projects run by the FCH JU. Ron genuinely loves the hydrogen buses: a lot more quiet, with a larger seating area for the driver and a truly relaxing five minute break at the end of the line, as running the diesel motor to stay warm or cool is no longer necessary. He also proudly explained why the fuel cell buses he is driving are showing less hick-ups in their first weeks of operation as he is familiarizing himself quickly with the bus operating system. The most noisy feature in the bus is the automatic cash machine near his cabin. On a sunny early May afternoon the X40 route offers breathtaking views of the coastline and country side. So next time do you ron ron ron on the X40 or X17 hydrogen bus in Aberdeen. Thanks Ron!