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Hydrogen double deckers for Aberdeen


20 March 2020

The world's first hydrogen-powered double decker buses will arrive in Aberdeen this spring and should be operational this summer. 

First Aberdeen is introducing 15 vehicles through an £8.3m project funded by Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish Government, and the European Union (The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking initiative, FCH JU)). 

The UK’s first hydrogen production and bus refuelling station was opened in Aberdeen in 2015. 

The vehicles will be operated by First mainly on routes 19 (Peterculter to Tillydrone) and X27 (city centre to Aberdeen International Airport via Dyce station). 

Scottish energy minister Paul Wheelhouse, said: “We are currently undertaking a wide-ranging project to assess the potential for hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cells for use in transport and heating across Scotland. Hydrogen could well play an important role in the energy transition that’s required in order to meet our 2045 net zero emissions target.”

The buses are being manufactured by Wrightbus based in Northern Ireland.

Refuelling the vehicles takes less than ten minutes.

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