The world’s first hydrogen-powered double decker buses have arrived in Aberdeen today.
Showcasing the Scottish city as a trailblazer in hydrogen technologies, the buses will undergo several weeks of final testing around the streets of Aberdeen, along with training for drivers, before going into service next month.
First Aberdeen, part of the multinational company First Group, is to run the 15 buses along one of its most popular service routes, Service 19 (Peterculter to Tillydrone).
“We are very proud to bring the world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker buses to Aberdeen as it shows the city continues to be at the forefront of developing green technologies,” Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said.
“The roll out of the new double-decker buses will help to cement Aberdeen’s position as an entrepreneurial and technological leader as the new buses come with even more advanced technology which pushes established hydrogen boundaries and greatly assists us in tackling air pollution in the city.”
The buses have been manufactured by Northern Ireland-based Wrightbus and will complement the existing hydrogen fleet that the city already boasts which includes a range of hydrogen and electric vans, road sweepers and cars through a car share scheme.
“We’re immensely proud to be putting the world’s first fleet of hydrogen double deckers onto the streets of Aberdeen,” said Jo Bamford, Wrightbus owner and Executive Chairman.
“And these buses represent much more than Aberdeen striving to reach a clean air, zero-carbon future. They represent the start of what could be a world-leading hydrogen economy here in Scotland which will bring with it multi-million-pound investments and tens of thousands of jobs.”
“Not only do our buses hold the title of being the world’s first zero emission hydrogen fuel-cell double deckers, they emit only water vapour.”
“We hope that more councils across the UK follow Aberdeen City Council’s lead.”
The buses have been part funded by the European Union’s JIVE project, which aims to aid commercialisation of hydrogen buses through joint procurement between cities.
Cities that will follow Aberdeen’s footsteps include London and Birmingham, with Dundee and Brighton and Hove being lead partners in JIVE2.