Nottingham City Transport (NCT) is now operating the “world’s largest” number of double decker buses powered by gas.

To illustrate the effect the buses will have on the city, the British Compressed Gas Association (BCGA) has produced a video going behind the scenes of the new generation of buses powered by compressed biogas.

Back in 2017, NCT introduced 53 biogas buses to the city, with support from the first round of funding from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). Additional biogas buses will soon be deployed in the city, taking the fleet total to 120.

With an individual driving range of up to 250 miles, the buses deliver an array of economic and environmental benefits including a reduction in exhaust emissions and savings in refuelling.

Gary Mason, Engineering Director at Nottingham City Transport said, “We need a range of 250 miles per day between fuelling in order to have every bus capable of completing every duty, and an electrical double-decker could not achieve that on a single charge.” 

“The buses already meet the Euro 6 standard that is required to go into Nottingham City Centre from January 2020, which itself is very clean, but what we want to achieve is not only a clean bus, but a green bus.”

BCGA member company Roadgas has undertaken the engineering works for the project. In the video, David Rix, Managing Director at Roadgas explains how the engineering company is involved in the project.

The commercialisation of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) is making rapid progress in internal combustion engines for heavy vehicles such as buses.

The BCGA, which represents the UK’s compressed gases sector, stands at the forefront of this development – with its members bringing safe and trusted technology to power a new generation of natural gas vehicles.

David Hurren, Chairman of TSC 9, The BCGA’s Gaseous Fuels Committee, said, “Members of the BCGA work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both with their own and customers’ working environments.”

“TSC 9 has been instrumental in the development of new Codes of Practice which set a blueprint for the safe introduction and use of new generation, low energy fuels.”

“It’s clear that the technology and expertise are in place to push ahead with gas powered vehicles, and this video, demonstrating the fleet in practice at Nottingham City Transport, clearly reflects that,” Hurren concluded.