The “world’s first” hydrogen-powered double-decker buses will hit Aberdeen roads this summer.
First Aberdeen, part of the First Group, will run fifteen buses of the hydrogen buses on its most popular routes.
The double-deckers will arrive in Aberdeen during the spring for final tests before being fully operation in the summer.
Coasting approximately £500,000 per vehicle, the £8.3m project has been funded by Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish Government, and the European Union’s JIVE Project.
“Aberdeen is at the forefront of developing green technologies and our continued innovative commitment to hydrogen truly puts us on the global map,” said Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing.
“The new buses come with even better technology helping to tackle air pollution in the city and further makes Aberdeen an entrepreneurial and technological leader by pushing boundaries for hydrogen.”
“We are really proud to be the world’s first city with hydrogen double-deckers and we look forward to seeing them on the city’s roads.”
Produced by UK-based Wrightbus, the vehicles have a refuelling time of less than ten minutes and offer a greater driving range than electric equivalents.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council to deliver these state0of-the-art and ground-breaking new buses to the people of Aberdeen,” said David Phillips, Operations director for First Aberdeen.
“We are in the process of adapting our depot to accommodate these environmentally friendly zero emission vehicles and are upskilling all staff to accommodate this next generation of buses.”