Go-Ahead chooses Air Products as partner for pioneering hydrogen bus fleet

Public transportation business The Go-Ahead Group has actually concurred a 15- year hydrogen supply handle Air Products, a world leading commercial gas business, to power a fleet of fuel cell buses for release in the Gatwick Airport, Crawley and Horley location.

The single-decker GB Kite Hydroliner buses, made by Wrightbus in Northern Ireland, will be provided in June2022 They will be the very first hydrogen powered automobiles in Go-Ahead’s fleet of more than 6,00 0 buses.

It is the intent that the hydrogen to power the buses will satisfy, or go beyond, UK federal government requirements on sustainable fuel for public transportation. Hydrogen will be saved at the Metrobus Crawley depot in liquid kind, prior to being transformed to gas kept in tanks on the roofing system of cars.

The single-decker fuel cell buses are moneyed in part with cash from UK Government and European Union zero-emission bus plans, plus financial investment from Gatwick Airport.

As well as having no carbon emissions, hydrogen buses have long variety abilities and can be refuelled rapidly in depots.

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Go-Ahead is currently the UK’s biggest operator of zero-emission electrical buses, with a fleet of almost 300 across the country, however this is the group’s very first endeavor into hydrogen. Consent has actually set a target of transitioning to a zero-emission bus fleet throughout the UK by 2035.

A CGI mock up of an Air Product hydrogen bus and refuelling station. Image courtesy of Air Product.

Christian Schreyer, Group Chief Executive, The Go-Ahead Group, stated: “This is our very first hydrogen supply offer, and it represents a turning point in our strategies to shift Go-Ahead’s whole fleet of buses to absolutely no emission fuel.

” We’re thrilled to be dealing with Air Products and with Wrightbus. This is an example of what can be accomplished through a mix of public and personal financing, and of co-operation in between various ecologically accountable partners.”

Manish Patel, Air Products UK Hydrogen for Mobility Director, stated: “We’re happy to be partnering with Go-Ahead and Metrobus on the biggest hydrogen supply agreement for buses in the UK to date. It’s a big turning point in the UK’s hydrogen for movement sector.

” At Air Products, we’ve been associated with more than 13 million hydrogen automobile fills throughout the world and have comprehensive experience over the last 60 years in providing trusted end-to-end hydrogen services, from production to circulation and sustaining stations. Our ingenious and special options will offer Metrobus the facilities to not just sustain their preliminary fleet however permit fast growth without extra footprint or expense.”

Ed Wills, Managing Director, Brighton & Hove and Metrobus, stated: “We went through a strenuous procedure prior to choosing Air Products as our provider. We were amazed not just with their experience in this field however with the guarantee that they would be all set to start providing us at volume from the first day.”

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