Councils and local transport authorities (LTAs) are well-positioned to take a leading role in de-carbonising the UK’s transport system. By replacing transport fleets with zero emissions vehicles, councils can lead by example and, even more importantly, put the infrastructure in place to enable others to follow suit. Councils and LTAs should therefore consider the available options for decarbonising transport carefully. The decisions they make today could affect the choices available to other fleet operators tomorrow.
In its recent publication Bus Back Better: National Bus Strategy for England, the UK Government announced it is providing funding through the £120m Zero Emission Buses Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme. The publication also makes it clear that the government is openminded about the technology used: “Zero-emission buses can run on electric batteries or hydrogen fuel-cells… we will consider all technologies fairly.”
The main advantages of hydrogen fuel cells offer over batteries is that they are quick to refuel and provide good range (typically 350-500km). These characteristics make them ideal for delivery vans, refuse trucks, trains and buses and other large vehicles that are in constant use.
But, to get started with hydrogen technology, councils and LTAs first need to put the refuelling infrastructure in place. If you’re looking to decarbonise your transport fleet, but you’re not sure where to start, here’s everything you need to know about getting started with hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
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