‘World’s first’ hydrogen double-decker bus fleet revealed in Aberdeen

The 15 hydrogen buses are expected to embark on their journeys next month

Aberdeen will soon become home to what claims to be the ‘world’s first’ hydrogen double-decker bus fleet.

The hydrogen double-deckers will hit the city’s streets for several weeks during a period of final testing and driver training, with the buses expected to be in full service from November.

The buses have been developed by the Northern Ireland-based manufacturer Wrightbus and will complement the city’s existing fleet, which includes a range of hydrogen and electric vans and road sweepers.

The bus operator First Aberdeen is to run the 15 buses along with one of its most popular service routes.

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “The rollout of the new double-decker buses will help to cement Aberdeen’s position as an entrepreneurial and technological leader as the new buses come with even more advanced technology which pushes established hydrogen boundaries and greatly assists us in tackling air pollution in the city.”

The buses have been funded by Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish Government and the EU with an investment of about £500,000 per vehicle.

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