The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched England’s first ever hydrogen double decker buses, marking another major step towards making the bus fleet zero-emission. The 20 new eco-friendly vehicles, which will cover route 7 between East Acton and Oxford Circus, will produce no pollution from their exhausts; they will reduce TfL’s carbon footprint and further reduce harmful emissions to help ensure Londoners breathe cleaner air. Passengers will also benefit from smoother, quieter journeys due to fewer vibrations.
The Mayor’s green transport investment is also supporting jobs across the UK. The buses were manufactured by Wrightbus in Northern Ireland, helping to create new jobs, and the gas cylinders are manufactured by Luxfer in Nottingham. The hydrogen for the buses is currently being produced at Air Liquide’s plant in Runcorn, harnessing waste hydrogen as a by-product from an industrial chlor-alkali plant. Oxford-based Ryze Hydrogen is responsible for transporting the fuel to the fueling station. From 2023, the hydrogen will be even greener as it will be produced by electrolysis powered by a direct connection to an offshore windfarm.
A new, state of the art fueling station completed by Danish engineering firm Nel Hydrogen will top up each hydrogen fuel cell bus just once per day in as little as five minutes.
With sustained financial support from the Government, TfL could look to accelerate its plans for a zero-emission bus fleet from 2037 to 2030 in order to reduce carbon emissions and address the public health emergency caused by dirty air.
“Our investment in these hydrogen buses is not only helping us to clean up London’s air, but is supporting jobs and local economics across the UK. This is a great demonstration of how tackling air pollution and the climate crisis and boosting economic growth is about regions working together, investing in the very latest technology,” said Mayor Khan. “Our new investment in hydrogen buses will move us even closer to our ambition of making all London buses zero-emission by 2030.”
Source: City of London