Twelve hydrogen (H2) fuel cell electric buses are to hit the streets of Dundee, Scotland, as part of a €25m ($30.8m) European project.

A total of 14 European cities - also including Aberdeen - are taking part in the scheme, deploying a total of 152 zero-emission buses.

Both Scottish cities are taking part through the Scottish Cities Alliance, which is working to promote the country’s economic potential, underpinned by a commitment to make our cities efficient and sustainable, ensuring that the cities meet the increasing aspirations of international investors.

Chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance and Leader of Dundee City Council, John Alexander, said, “I am delighted that Aberdeen and Dundee have been successful within these ambitious projects. Working with the Scottish Cities Alliance, these buses and H2 refuelling infrastructure will further progress the decarbonisation of our cities by providing zero emission buses for our citizens.”

“Dundee plans to create a ‘state of the art’ integrated energy park deploying H2 fuel cell buses, fleet vehicles and H2 and alternative fuels refuelling infrastructure with energy being derived from renewable technologies. This project will be a ‘first of its kind’ in Scotland combining heat, power and transport.”

Scotland is positioning itself as one of Europe’s leading early adopters of H2 technology, which will help to attract investment into sectors such as manufacturing, engineering and encourage the commercialisation of H2 technologies over the coming years.

As well as the economic benefits, zero emission H2 fuel buses also contribute to the achievement of Scotland’s challenging climate change targets, as well as improving local air quality in our cities.