Wrightbus in hydrogen bus first

Wrightbus is to supply the first ever hydrogen-powered double-decker for Ireland.

For delivery into Belfast before the end of 2020, it is to enter service with Translink. The operator has signed a contract with Energia Group for the supply of renewably-sourced hydrogen fuel from an on-shore North Antrim windfarm. Wrightbus will supply three of the sustainable fuel-cell electric double-decker buses powered by hydrogen. The overall capital investment represents around £4 million. The pilot project will also deliver the first ever hydrogen refuelling station of its kind in Ireland.

Translink aims to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Wrightbus Chairman, Jo Bamford, said: “As Wrightbus embark on an exciting new era to revolutionise public transport we are delighted to be able to partner Translink with these fantastic world-leading fuel cell electric eehicles. This order helps further cement and develop our valued relationship and further proves that Northern Ireland can be at the front of the world stage when pioneering solutions which deliver zero emissions in our towns and cities throughout the UK and Ireland and the rest of the world while helping our local environment and economy.”

Translink Group Chief Executive, Chris Conway, said: “Today’s announcement marks a major milestone in our efforts to transform public transport and reflects our climate commitment to reduce carbon emissions. This innovative collaboration will not only reduce carbon emissions but will also generate much wider environmental, economic and social benefits for Northern Ireland.

“The time for action is now and, with a record 84.5m passenger journeys on Translink services last year, making public transport your first choice for travel is the single greatest way to reduce your personal carbon footprint and one of the most immediate.

“We would like to thank OLEV and the Department for Infrastructure for essential project funding and look forward to working with Energia Group and local manufacturer Wrightbus to deliver this new era for public transport in Northern Ireland.”

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