London last week launched the UK’s first zero-emission bus route, with the introduction of two new hydrogen fuelled vehicles.
The new single deck buses, which cost around £800,000 and include the latest hydrogen fuel cell technology, will be housed at the UK’s largest hydrogen refuelling site in Stratford. They are first two of a planned fleet of eight and will start operating on Saturday.
The vehicles will be introduced on the RV1 route between Tower Gateway and Covent Garden.
Deputy mayor for policing and chairman of the London Hydrogen Partnership Kit Malthouse said the buses will improve air quality in two of the capital’s most polluted areas, Victoria Embankment and Tower Bridge.
He said that the bus route may be re-named the H2 to promote the new technology, adding that he was keen for Londoners to “kick the tyres” of the new vehicles.
“We are thinking big and have ambitious plans to promote the use of hydrogen.”
The total cost of the vehicles is £15M.