Auckland Transport (AT) has purchased New Zealand’s first hydrogen fuel cell bus.
The bus will be built by Global Bus Ventures (GBV) in Christchurch, New Zealand, and will be able to provide capacity for up to 78 passengers.
Auckland Transport will trial hydrogen fuel cell buses in partnership with bus operators and Ports of Auckland, who are building a hydrogen production and refuelling facility at the Waitematã port.
“Transport emissions account for 47% of Auckland’s total carbon emissions, so it’s critical that we transition to a clean transport system as quickly as possible,” said Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland.
“The trial of hydrogen-powered buses is another important step towards reducing carbon emissions in Auckland, so we can hold climate heating to the Paris Agreement target of 1.5°C.”
“We are delighted that the first bus will be built in New Zealand. Having the first bus developed and built locally is an important step in creating new hydrogen industry in New Zealand,” said Darek Koper, AT’s Bus Service Manager.
“ST’s decision to select GBV for the first hydrogen bus project is an important step in growing high tech bus manufacturing in New Zealand,” said Mike Parker, Executive Vice-President at GBV.
Rosie Mercer, Ports of Auckland’s General Manager Sustainability said, “We are pleased to be able to support Auckland Transport and contribute to Auckland’s low emission goals.”
“Hydrogen has great potential for use in heavy vehicles and this trial is a key step in bringing this technology to Auckland. We have applied for resource consent for our hydrogen production and refuelling facility and procurement is underway.”
The bus is expected to start trials from September (2020).