London is on board with England’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker trains
by Jack Porter
Northampton, MA –News Direct– Acre
A fleet of 20 double-decker hydrogen buses have been deployed on the streets of London to help reduce toxic fumes and fight climate change.
In what is considered a first for England, the £ 12million hydrogen double-decker buses are introduced on the capital’s number 7 route, between East Acton and Oxford Circus.
Wrightbus manufactured the new zero emission buses and the hydrogen will be produced at a plant in Cheshire. From 2023, the Air Liquide plant in Runcorn will be converted to produce only green hydrogen (thanks to electrolysis powered by renewable energies).
Aberdeen already operates hydrogen buses and more are expected to be deployed in Bristol, with each bus to be refueled once a day.
Transport for London (TfL) ‘s other business partners for the new hydrogen fleet are gas cylinder maker Luxfer and Nel Hydrogen, which has installed a refueling station at an Ealing bus depot.
TfL’s sustainability goal is to operate only zero-emission vehicles by 2030.
Geoff Hobbs, TfL Acting Bus Director, said: “London may have one of the cleanest bus fleets in Europe, but we must continue to act now to tackle climate change and quality. poisonous city air.
“The introduction of these hydrogen double-decker buses into our fleet, alongside the electric buses, diversifies our green bus portfolio and helps us use the right technology for the different operational requirements of our vast network. It will help Londoners breathe cleaner air.
“Our investment in hydrogen will not only benefit London either. Outside the capital, we support employment across the UK and our involvement in industry across Europe makes cleaner fuels more affordable for cities across Europe.
TfL is also investing in electric models, with more than 500 electric buses currently in service, while other buses have been modernized to meet the Euro VI emissions standard.
Funding for the new hydrogen buses, which were launched by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, was provided jointly by TfL, the UK government’s Office of Zero-Emission Vehicles and two European bodies – the Joint Undertaking for Batteries Fuel and Hydrogen and Innovation and Executive Agency (INEA).
According to a recent Bloomberg Intelligence report, hydrogen is expected to account for a quarter of final energy consumption in road transport worldwide by 2050.
The UK government’s National Bus Strategy will result in a ban on new diesel bus sales, with consultations underway to support bus manufacturers and operators, and it aims to deliver 4,000 UK-built electric and hydrogen buses over the course of this legislature.
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