New “modular” hydrogen fuel cell bus demonstrator – AirQualityNews
Ricardo received government funding to create a modernized hydrogen fuel cell bus demonstrator.
Earlier this year, the UK government launched a new hydrogen transport competition to coincide with the opening of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Center.
Ricardo submitted an offer to Stagecoach to demonstrate a modernized hydrogen fuel cell bus.
Following a successful offer, Ricardo will now develop a scalable and modular solution, allowing it to be installed, with minimal adaptation to multiple platforms with one or two floors.
The modular concept can also be marketed as a “new fuel cell” module for bodybuilders in the European Union.
Teri Hawksworth, Managing Director Ricardo Automotive and Industrial (EMEA) said: “UK national and local government authorities are advancing their zero emissions targets through 2030.
“This creates challenges for bus operators who, while grappling with the financial challenges of the global pandemic, are committed to shifting to zero-emission vehicles.
“Winning the Hydrogen Transport Hub Demonstration competition will allow us to promote the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells for buses in the UK and continental Europe, and demonstrate the environmental, societal and economic benefits of the circular economy: achieving affordable, zero emissions, while extending vehicle life through retrofitting rather than scrapping.
Steve Walker, Managing Director of Stagecoach North East, added: “The introduction of new low-emission technologies to reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions is essential to achieving our environmental goals.
“We are delighted to be working with Ricardo to bring this exciting breakthrough to the UK’s first hydrogen hub, which represents a huge step forward for the Tees Valley. Stagecoach has invested over £ 1 billion in greener buses over the past decade and is fully committed to reducing its environmental impact. Our collaboration to help us with technical knowledge and extensive driving tests for the creation of this new technology is yet another demonstration of our willingness to help climate change. ‘