A project sponsored by the British government is to deploy up to 25 fuel cell buses in the Liverpool area. The first vehicles are expected to go into service in 2020. The project also includes the construction of a filling station at the BOC plant in St Helens that will supply hydrogen to industrial customers in the region and beyond.
In addition, the fleet will contribute to the region’s plans to achieve a CO2-free economy by 2040. The Liverpool City region would be the first place in northern England to test H2 buses, according to a press release.
The consortium applied for funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, consisting of BOC, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, represented by Merseytravel, and Arcola Energy. The project is worth 6.4 million pounds sterling (approximately 7.5 million euros).
The buses will be the Enviro400 double-decker developed by Alexander Dennis in cooperation with Arcola Energy. Arriva and Stagecoach, both members of the Bus Alliance, will also participate in the further development of the H2 buses.
The project aims to demonstrate the economic viability of a model that installs filling stations for fleets with a high degree of utilisation. In addition, this model should also allow future use by cars and other vehicles.