Glasgow City Council has received £805,000 of funding from Transport Scotland to convert 23 winter gritters to dual fuel hydrogen.
A strategy has set out proposals for the council’s 2000 vehicles to be emissions free by the end of 2029. It is intended that only electric and hydrogen powered vehicles, across all sizes and clarifications, will be used to deliver services by 2030.
By taking this leap towards a zero emissions fleet, it is anticipated that a local authority the size of Glasgow can spark the development of Scottish market for hydrogen-powered vehicles.
“The funding award from Transport Scotland will help to ensure larger dual fuel hydrogen gritters are up and running in the early part of the year,” said Councillor Richardson.
“These dual fuel vehicles should act as a significant stepping stone towards emissions-free gritters and refuse trucks as part of our wider strategy for a zero emissions fleet.”
Scotland has already demonstrated a huge shift towards hydrogen in recent months. In July, the country submitted plans for hydrogen-powered homes, launched hydrogen-powered double decker buses, and announced its upcoming Hydrogen Festival which will take place from 30th September to 4th October (2019).
Commenting on its latest hydrogen developments, Michael Matheson, The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said, “Glasgow City Council is yet again leading from the front in taking stepts to improve air quality and through their new plan to decarbonise their existing fleet of vehicles by 2029.”
“Glasgow’s new fleet strategy directly responds to this ambition and supports our Climate Change Plan alongside our ambition for Scotland’s air quality to be the best in Europe.”
“Transport Scotland officials have been working closely with Glasgow City Council to support this strategy and I’m delighted we are providing £805,000 from our Switched-on Fleets Fund to convert over 20 gritters to dual-fuel hydrogen.”
“We will continue to work in partnership to ensure that we can collectively maximise the economic opportunities for all of Scotland through this crucial transition to low carbon transportation.”