In a world first, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed 20 hydrogen double decker buses will be introduced onto bus routes next year.
The British-built hydrogen double decker buses will be zero emission and form a key part of the capital’s commitment to tackling the air quality crisis.
No pollution will be produced from the exhausts of these 20 hydrogen double decker buses and will be introduced onto routes 245, 7 and N7.
Customer experience will also be enhanced on these modern buses, with on-board USB charge points available.
TfL is committed to reducing emissions in the city; the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone forms a significant element of this process, but TfL is also leading the way by ensuring its own fleet of buses adheres to the required standards, especially given that they will stretch even further in the coming years.
Approximately £12 million is being invested in the new buses and associated fuelling infrastructure, which will make the streets of London much cleaner.
It also means TfL’s number of zero emission buses continues to expand; currently there are 165 zero emission buses, with an extra 68 electric double deckers expected to be on the roads of the city this summer.
Sadiq Khan is the Mayor of London. He said this shows London is “leading from the front” when it comes to cleaner fleets and pollution reduction.
He said: “We all have a role to play in cleaning up London’s toxic air and I’ve always said that TfL should lead from the front.
“Following the launch of the world-first Ultra Low Emission Zone, I’m delighted that TfL has signed a contract to bring 20 state-of-the-art zero emission hydrogen buses to London’s streets.
“We are investing a record £85 million in cleaning up our bus fleet, and I am proud that London now has the largest zero emission bus fleet in Europe.”