An entire bus route in London will be serviced by hydrogen buses thanks to funding from the European Union.
Transport for London has secured £4.8m from the EU’s Cleaner Hydrogen in Cities project to expand its current hydrogen bus project.
The cash means TfL can add three more hydrogen buses to its fleet of five, which by the end of next year will turn the route between Covent Garden to Tower Hill completely ‘green’.
Kit Malthouse, chairman of the London Hydrogen Partnership and Deputy Mayor for Policing, said: “This is knockout news for the mayor’s plans to cleanse the air we breathe every day. Hydrogen vehicles emit only water from their exhaust pipe, unlike the fumes and pollution petrol and diesel engines spew forth.Having a bus route running entirely on hydrogen gives us a fantastic flagship fleet to demonstrate the massive benefits of this exciting fuel.”
Mike Weston, operations director for London Buses, said: “London faces many environmental challenges, but with this funding now secured we can fully consider hydrogen and demonstrate the long term benefits which can be made in tackling CO2 emissions.
“We are delighted that this additional funding will allow us to have a bus route fully operating with hydrogen hybrid fuel cell buses, and this marks an exciting new chapter for London Buses as we embrace new technologies to further build on the excellent work we are doing to improve air quality for Londoners.”