Smart Transport

Aberdeen launches world's first hydrogen double-decker bus fleet

Aberdeen's first hydrogen double-decker bus

The world’s first fleet of hydrogen-powered double decker buses will arrive in Aberdeen in November as part of the city's net zero strategy.

The 15 hydrogen double deckers will be run by First Aberdeen and will be spotted around the city for several weeks during a period of final testing, along with training for drivers.

The £8.3 million project has been funded by Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish government, and the European Union (FCH JU), with an investment of about £500,000 per vehicle.

Transport for London (TfL) was expected to claim the "world first" with its own fleet of 20 hydrogen double deckers which are due to arrive in 2021, but the introduction of Aberdeen's fleet from the same manufacturer, Bamford Bus Company, has progressed more quickly, so it can now claim the title.

Aberdeen City Council said the hydrogen buses are as efficient as electric equivalents, with refuelling taking less than 10 minutes and offering a greater range.

Water is the only emission from the vehicles which reduces carbon emissions and therefore contributes to Aberdeen's commitment to tackling air pollution.

The UK’s first hydrogen production and bus refuelling station was opened in Aberdeen in 2015, as part of a £19 million green transport demonstration project.

The Aberdeen City Council-led project tested the economic and environmental benefits of hydrogen transport technologies and aims to drive the development of hydrogen technologies.

Jenny Laing, Aberdeen City Council co-leader councillor, said: "The roll out of the new double-decker buses will help to cement Aberdeen’s position as an entrepreneurial and technological leader as the new buses come with even more advanced technology which pushes established hydrogen boundaries and greatly assists us in tackling air pollution in the city.”

The buses from Bamford  complement Aberdeen's existing fleet, including a range of hydrogen and electric vans, road sweepers, and cars through a car share scheme.

Jo Bamford, Bamford Bus owner, said: “These buses represent much more than Aberdeen striving to reach a clean air, zero-carbon future.

"They represent the start of what could be a world-leading hydrogen economy here in Scotland which will bring with it multi-million pound investments and tens of thousands of jobs.

“We hope that more councils across the UK follow Aberdeen City Council’s lead.”

Watch now: Connecting Policy To Solutions Virtual Conference 2021

Smart Transport Conference returned on June 8th & 9th, to facilitate pivotal discussions on the future of transport. 

The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry. Watch his presentation below:

 



Comment as guest


Login  /  Register

Comments

No comments have been made yet.

Related content




Office Address
  • Smart Transport
    Media House
    Lynch Wood
    Peterborough
    PE2 6EA
Join the community
  • Smart Transport is the UK's most important brand to bring together senior public policy makers and influential private sector leaders to showcase real-time solutions aligned to government policy.
  •  
  • Find out more
  • Insight
  •  

 

Welcome to Smart Transport

Welcome to the Smart Transport website, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, insight and reports from policymakers and thought leaders.

The Smart Transport brand connects policy to solutions by bringing national government and local authority policymakers together with private sector organisations.

Contact Lindsay Greatbatch for more information.

© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd
Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA - Registered number 01176085 IPSO regulated logo

 

Smart Transport members

Smart Transport board members

 

Please note:
By submitting any material to us you are confirming that the material is your own original work or that you have permission from the copyright owner to use the material and to authorise Bauer Consumer Media to use it as described in this paragraph. You also promise that you have permission from anyone featured or
referred to in the submitted material to it being used by Bauer Consumer Media. If Bauer Consumer Media receives a claim from a copyright owner or a person
featured in any material you have sent us, we will inform that person that you have granted us permission to use the relevant material and you will be responsible for paying any amounts due to the copyright owner or featured person and/or for reimbursing Bauer Consumer Media for any losses it has suffered as a result.