Mayor of London unveils hydrogen bus fleet for the Capital
Â¥ Zero-polluting buses emit nothing but water to improve air quality
Â¥ UK’s first zero-emission bus route set to be created
Â¥ UKÃs largest hydrogen refuelling site opens in East London
Zero-polluting hydrogen buses that emit only water were unveiled today in London, providing a boost to the MayorÃs plans to improve the CapitalÃs air quality.
The first of the buses of a planned fleet of eight will start operating on 18th 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 RV1 route passes through some of London’s most polluted areas, so its conversion to hydrogen power will help to improve London’s air quality. The buses are joining 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 per cent less polluting than a traditional diesel bus.
The buses will run from a specially designed maintenance facility housed in FirstÃs Lea Interchange bus depot at Stratford in east London. This will include the UK’s largest permanent hydrogen refuelling station to be maintained by Air Products.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: ÃThese buses are a marvel of hydrogen technology, emitting only water rather than belching out harmful pollutants. They will run through the most polluted part of the city, through two air pollution hotspots, helping to improve London’s air quality. This is just another way that our city is harnessing pioneering low emission public transport to im