Our ambition: to decarbonize passenger transport

SAFRA, a French company founded in 1955, is a pioneer in hydrogen mobility and a long-standing player in the renovation of passenger transport equipment. The company’s strategy is aligned with environmental, societal and sovereignty issues, as a gas pedal of the energy transition through the sustainable decarbonization of passenger transport in Europe.

SAFRA offers solutions that perfectly meet the needs of transport authorities for mobility towards decarbonization of their fleets, divided into 3 complementary activities:

  1. SAFRA Bus, which manufactures and markets hydrogen-powered buses,
  2. SAFRA Services, which includes retrofitting, renovation and heavy maintenance of passenger transport vehicles, as well as customer service,
  3. SAFRA Solutions, which offers hydrogen financing and distribution services.


Hydrogen under
the HYCITY® brand



Diesel to Hydrogen coaches with
H2-PACK® retrofit kit



Passenger transport equipment
for 70 years

Customer Service


Full maintenance and fleet
monitoring with VHYSION®.

Our facilities

Our entire industrial site is located in Albi, on an 8.5-hectare site. Our location is ideally situated for easy access to all the heavy transport modes that carry the materials we work on.

We are located 45 minutes from Toulouse and its airport and only 2 minutes from the motorway junction of the Toulouse-Albi-Rodez highway, whose access has been specially designed to facilitate heavy transport.

We also have our own railroad branch line, on the Toulouse-Albi line, which runs directly to our workshop on a dedicated track.

The project to extend the current plant aims to add an additional 6,000 m², bringing the surface area to 17,000 m². 

SAFRA bâtiments
Histoire- history / Vincent Lemaire Président

Vincent Lemaire – President of SAFRA

A word from the president

Among all the challenges to be met in the coming years, I am convinced that more sustainable and intelligent mobility is one of the essential issues that must be resolved. Reducing our carbon footprint and decreasing air pollution is today an environmental, health and economic challenge that can be met by acting on transportation.

Mobility is a fundamental freedom and will be more and more multiple. Public transport will remain incomparably efficient in our cities and metropolises, but also in all territories in France and throughout the world. Success will require a change in our habits to stop car use, but also an energy transition in our modes of transport. New decarbonated energies will progressively replace fossil fuels that are doomed to disappear.

In the line of sight in the energy transition, hydrogen, which quite naturally finds its place in this transport sector. Convinced for many years by the relevance of this energy vector to solve this problem, I have oriented since 2010 the strategy of the company I preside over towards this solution, to diversify our activities in order to accompany our customers towards sustainable mobility choices.

SAFRA, a specialist in passenger transport equipment for more than 65 years, is a pioneer in hydrogen and is fully integrated in the H2 ecosystem. We are the only company to offer a complete range of new and retrofit hydrogen-powered vehicles, along with services to facilitate the transformation for our customers, the urban areas.  After ten years of feedback on the technology as hydrogen bus manufacturers, we also offer our customers the possibility of accelerating the decarbonization of their fleet through hydrogen retrofit on intercity buses.

Our clean mobility solutions respond perfectly to these challenges. Our company thus encompasses a societal project with a large-scale growth project, because hydrogen also allows us to reindustrialize our country, creating local jobs and developing our energy sovereignty.

It is a noble cause to commit ourselves to making a difference in mobility while reducing our environmental footprint. We are thus convinced that the courageous position taken by companies as well as by local authorities and their elected representatives is the driving force behind this success.

This approach is the explicit proof.

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