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Wrightbus to supply 20 hydrogen buses in London by 2020 [free access]

May 13, 2019

Wrightbus has secured a contract from Transport for London (TfL) to supply 20 hydrogen double-decker buses. Ballard will supply 20 FCveloCity-HD 85-kW fuel cell modules to Wrightbus for the hydrogen buses. The new buses will be deployed on bus routes 245, 7, and N7 by the end of 2020. 


TfL is investing GBP12 million in the deployment of the new buses and the fuelling infrastructure. Of the total, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) have provided GBP5 million and the UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has provided GBP 1 million. 


TfL has procured buses under the ‘Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe’ (JIVE) project, which aims to bring down the cost of the vehicles by procuring them in bulk in association with other authorities. The procurement is a part of JIVE I, under which 55 buses were planned to be deployed in the UK.


TfL has introduced 10 Low Emission Bus Zones to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 per cent on some of London’s busiest roads. Currently, 75 per cent of the entire bus fleet meets emissions standards. The remaining buses will be upgraded by October 2020. 


(1 GBP [British Pound] = 1.30 USD)