The Scottish city of Aberdeen is procuring 15 more fuel cell buses. They have been ordered from the Northern Irish manufacturer Wrightbus, and Ballard Power Systems is supplying the fuel cell technology.
Aberdeen already has ten Van Hool H2 buses in service. The 15 new buses – all double-decker – are co-financed as part of the EU JIVE project and are scheduled to go into operation this year. The vehicles can transport up to 64 passengers.
In the basic version, the range of the 10.9 metre long double-decker is around 320 km. Wrightbus presented the model called StreetDeck FCEV only at the beginning of November at the latest Euro Bus Expo. The StreetDeck FCEV uses Ballard’s FCVelocity FC fuel cell system and a Siemens drive train. The FC bus was developed as part of the EU-funded JIVE project.
The order volume is expected to be 7.5 million pounds, i.e. 500,000 pounds per vehicle – the equivalent of 560,000 euros. “We are very pleased to contribute to the financing that has made this exciting next phase of Aberdeen’s hydrogen journey possible,” said Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse. “This important investment will help the city achieve its decarbonisation goals and further consolidate its reputation for innovation and technology”.
It’s not the first major order for Wrightbus: two months ago, London’s public transport operator Transport for London ordered 20 fuel cell buses worth £12 million from the Ballymena-based company.