Double Decker Buses powered by hydrogen mechanism will be driven along in the city of Aberdeen at northeast Scotland, U.K. The natural and commercial profits of hydrogen transportation led to the advancement of hydrogen technologies.
The buses are in the final stage of testing and they will be driven all over the city along with the proper training of the drivers. The manufacturing of the buses was done in Wrightbus in Northern Ireland.
From left To Right : ACC (Aberdeen City Council) Co-Leader Cllr Douglas Lumsden, ACC Co-Leader Cllr Jenny Laing, Wrightbus owner and Executive Chairman Jo Bamford, and Operations Director for First Aberdeen David Phillips
Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing stated “We are very proud to bring the world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker buses to Aberdeen as it shows the city continues to be at the forefront of developing green technologies.”
“The rollout of the new double-decker buses will help to cement Aberdeen’s position as an entrepreneurial and technological leader as the new buses come with even more advanced technology which pushes established hydrogen boundaries and greatly assists us in tackling air pollution in the city.”“We look forward to seeing the new hydrogen double-deckers being tested around the streets of Aberdeen over the next few weeks before they come into service.”
Aberdeen program is not the first organization to think about the hydrogen-mechanized double-decker bus, even London had also proposed for the same technology in the nation’s capital but the hydrogen buses have not operated in the streets of London yet and Aberdeen program is now seen to be the first to launch it.
15 buses are meant to be run in the most popular utility routes and later more new buses will join along with them in November 2020.
Operations Director for First Aberdeen, David Phillips added “We are delighted to be operating these state-of-the-art double-decker hydrogen buses in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and we are thrilled to share a sneak peek of them with the public today.
“We look forward to rolling them out to the people of Aberdeen later this month and it is exciting to play a part in the latest leg of the city’s hydrogen journey. First Aberdeen is committed to working with local stakeholders to accelerate our driver for a zero-emission fleet across our entire network by 2035 and we are excited to see the impact these buses will have.”
The total value of the project is about £8.3million financed by Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish Government, and the European Union. Investment per bus is about £500,000 which is about $652,000.
Owner of Wrightbus Jo Bamford stated “These buses represent much more than Aberdeen striving to reach a clean air, zero-carbon future. They represent the start of what could be a world-leading hydrogen economy here in Scotland which will bring with it multi-million-pound investments and tens of thousands of jobs.”