Zero-polluting hydrogen buses that emit only water were unveiled today in London, providing a boost to the Mayor’s plans to improve the capital’s air quality.
The first of the buses, of a planned fleet of eight, will start operating on 18 December using the latest hydrogen fuel cell technology, emitting nothing but water vapour. The buses will form the only hydrogen bus fleet in the UK and the largest currently in Europe.
These state-of-the-art vehicles were specifically designed for Transport for London using pioneering technology developed by ISE, Wrightbus and Ballard. All eight buses are expected to be phased into operation next year creating the UK’s first zero-emission bus route.
The buses will join one of the cleanest, lowest polluting bus fleets in Europe which also includes 100 hybrid buses set to expand to 300 and from 2012 will be joined by the Mayor’s New Bus for London, which will be 40% less polluting than a traditional diesel bus.
In addition to the launch of the hydrogen buses, which were especially designed for use in London, Transport for London will also welcome the brand new Routemaster to its bus network in 2012, just in time for the Olympic Games.
These vehicles are reported to give off 40% less pollution compared to the traditional diesel engine Routemaster.