Wrightbus present what they claim to be the world’s first double-decker fuel cell bus at the Euro Bus Expo. The StreetDeck model uses a fuel cell from Ballard to power a Siemens drivetrain. And, Wrightbus has got an exclusive client at hand.
The fuel cell bus was developed as a part of the EU funded JIVE project. With Wrightbus being ahead of the game, they have gained an important customer in London. In fact, the city made the manufacturer the sole deliverer for fuel cell double-deckers for the UK as part of the project.
In total, 50 StreetDeck DCEV buses will be used in London, Birmingham and Aberdeen.
The 10.9 meter vehicles offer a total of 64 passenger seats. The basic version of the vehicle has a 320 km range, however an increased performance version of the StreetDeck FCEV will also be offered with a range up to 425 km.
The modular platform developed for the fuel cell bus by WrightBus also allows them to use the same chassis as the battery electric variants by the manufacturer. Furthermore, the chassis works as a platform for both single-story buses as well as the double-deckers.
The fuel cell electric double decker bus debuted at the Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham today.