Aberdeen is introducing 15 hydrogen-powered double decker buses in a bid to tackle air pollution.
Launching later this year, the buses are more efficient than electric equivalents, with refuelling taking less than 10 minutes and offering a greater range.
Water is the only emission from the vehicles, reducing carbon emissions and continues to contribute to the city’s commitment to tackling air pollution.
The project has been funded by Aberdeen City Council, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the Scottish Government with an investment of about £500,000 per vehicle, building on the initial research funding contributed by the Scottish Cities Alliance.
The buses have been produced by a UK-based company – Wrightbus based in Northern Ireland – and will complement the existing fleet that the city already boasts 10 buses as well as a range of vans and cars.
Councillor Philip Bell, Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, said, “Aberdeen appears to be pushing boundaries with an innovative approach when it comes to hydrogen, the entrepreneurial and technological leadership puts Aberdeen on the global map.”
“Striving to tackle air pollution, these additional buses highlight Aberdeen City Council’s commitment and ambition as a ‘Centre for Excellence’ for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.”
FCH JU’s Executive Director Bart Biebuyck added, “Aberdeen is at the forefront of hydrogen mobility for public transport: it has been operating the first fleet of 10 fuel cell buses in Europe.”
“With the addition of 15 new double decker buses, it also demonstrates the ease to scale up for zero emission mobility with hydrogen and is something for other European cities to follow.”