The world’s first fleet of hydrogen-powered double decker buses have already saved a whopping 170,000kg of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere since launching into customer service in Aberdeen, Scotland earlier this year.
Operated by First Aberdeen, the bus fleet, manufactured by Wrightbus, has notched up 100,000 miles of operation since January.
The 170,000kg saving of CO2 emissions is the equivalent of taking 42 cars off the road for a year, a statement from First Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council said.
“Drivers and the public absolutely love the new hydrogen buses – sailing smoothly and silently through the city’s streets is an absolute joy. We get people hopping on just for a ride, to enjoy the experience,” Michelle Thomson, a hydrogen bus driver at First Aberdeen, said.
“It’s lovely driving through countryside routes as well, knowing that we’re not disturbing the peace – we can glide through, hardly noticed. But most of all it’s great knowing that we’re doing our bit to help protect the planet – that’s really important to us all.”
The exhausts of this zero-emission fleet emit nothing more than water vapour and the hydrogen fuel is made from just electricity from wind power and water.
Aberdeen makes its own hydrogen to power the buses, making it an even greener energy source for the local community.
Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader, Councillor Douglas Lumsden, said, “Transforming the city’s carbon footprint on a large scale is no easy feat, but we’re committed to making continuous progress and are proud to be leading the way in the transport industry with First Aberdeen to bring our joint vision of low emission public transport to life.”
The existing 15 hydrogen buses are now in service across the city with the majority of them predominantly operating on the Service 19 route in Aberdeen.
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