‘World’s first’ double decker hydrogen bus to be trialled in London

A double decker bus powered by hydrogen is to be trialled in London next year. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan unveiled what it claims to be the world’s first bus […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A double decker bus powered by hydrogen is to be trialled in London next year.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan unveiled what it claims to be the world’s first bus of its kind as he committed to phasing out purchasing “dirty” diesel buses from the capital.

The new bus has been developed by UK bus manufacturer Wrightbus and is part of the Mayor’s plans to make the city’s entire fleet ultra-low or zero emission and to tackle air pollution.

At least 20 new hydrogen buses will be delivered as part of a £10 million funding from the EU and TfL.

Other cities including Cape Town, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Los Angeles, New York, Oslo, Rugao, Amsterdam and San Francisco have also joined the Mayor in moving their fleets to zero emission technology.

Mr Khan said: “I want London to become a world leader in hydrogen and electric bus technology. I’m implementing hard-hitting measures to clean-up London’s toxic air and it’s great that more cities are getting on board to phase out the procurement of pure diesel buses which sends a clear signal that only the cleanest technologies are wanted in our cities.”