The transport company Go-Ahead has ordered its first fuel cell buses. The order from the Northern Irish manufacturer Wrightbus comprises 20 H2 buses of the type GB Kite Hydroliner in the greater London Gatwick Airport area from June 2022.
Operation of the new Hydroliner fuel cell bus fleet will be done by the bus companies Brighton & Hove and Metrobus, which belong to Go-Ahead. Should the programme prove successful, a further 34 H2 buses for other Brighton & Hove and Metrobus routes may follow.
“This is a significant milestone for Go-Ahead as we work towards our goal of a zero-emission bus fleet by 2035. These buses will be clean, green and will provide a comfortable journey for passengers,” said David Brown, Chief Executive of The Go-Ahead Group, adding: “New technology is only one piece of the puzzle though in addressing climate change – we also need to encourage a large-scale change in behaviour by persuading people to switch from cars to walking, cycling and public transport.”
Martin Harris, Managing Director, Brighton & Hove and Metrobus, said: “We run services 24 hours a day, with hilly terrain, heavy passenger loads and duty cycles well in excess of the national average at up to 370 miles per day. Those provide really challenging conditions for any technology but we concluded that hydrogen provides the most efficient replacement for our diesel buses.”
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