Birmingham is soon to operate a fleet of hydrogen-powered busses after the government awarded £3m to a city council-led partnership project by the Department for Transport and the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles.
A total of £30m has been distributed between 13 successful bidders across England (bus operators and local authorities) to buy low emission buses, install charge points and build necessary infrastructure.
326 buses – including electric, hybrid, hydrogen and biomethane buses – will be added to their fleets, and more than £7m worth of infrastructure will be installed.
Commenting on the scheme, Anne Shaw, Assistant Director for Transportation and Connectivity at Birmingham City Council said, “It is great that our efforts to work in partnership with transport operators to make Birmingham’s air cleaner are being backed by government.”
“We are working on a wide range of projects to develop cleaner technologies and solutions to address air quality issues – this funding will help place the city at the forefront of what is being done.”
Among the winners is Transport for London, Sheffield City Region, West Midlands Travel, Merseytravel and Nottingham City Transport.
ITM Power has revealed plans to launch the first zero emission H2 bus route in France through a consortium with SMTU-PPP, Engie and Van Hool – and it will be operational from 2019.
The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) has been awarded $1.75m to buy two additional zero-emission hydrogen (H2) fuel cell buses.
Toyota Motor Corporation is set to unveil its fuel cell bus concept that aims to work “for the world and for people, is environmentally friendly, and can contribute to communities beyond its role as a mobility service” at the Tokyo Motor Show next week.
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