London Mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled in London the world’s first double-decker hydrogen bus, as he committed to phasing out purchasing new pure ‘dirty’ diesel buses from the capital.
He revealed that no more pure diesel double-deck buses will be added to the capital’s fleet from 2018 and that all new single-decks for central London will be zero-emission.
It is estimated that the equivalent of 9,400 premature deaths occur each year in London due to illnesses caused by long-term exposure to air pollution and diesel vehicles are recognised as a major contributor to pollution and associated health impacts.
The new hydrogen double-decker is at the forefront of green technology and will be trialled on London’s roads next year. It is made by leading UK bus manufacturer Wrightbus and forms part of the Mayor’s plan to transform the capital’s bus fleet by phasing out the oldest and most polluting diesel buses, and making the entire fleet ultra-low or zero emission.
The manufacturer of the hydrogen double-decker, Wrights Group Chairman and CEO Mark Nodder OBE said: “This exciting new zero-emissions bus, using hydrogen fuel-cell technology, is the pinnacle of our on-going work to deliver highly innovative buses with the best environmental credentials. Buses like this have the potential to make a massive contribution to improving the air quality of London and our major cities.”
The Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues, will be attending the C40 Climate Change Summit in Mexico this week to work with other cities to accelerate action on cleaning up emissions.