Clean buses come to London

BP, DaimlerChrysler, First Bus, Transport for London and The Energy Saving Trust are to introduce hydrogen fuel cell buses to major routes in the capital.

BP, DaimlerChrysler, First Bus, Transport for London and The Energy Saving Trust are to bring clean public transport to London with the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell buses to major routes in the capital.

Three of DaimlerChrysler’s hydrogen-powered Citaro buses will begin taking fare-paying passengers in 2003 – the first time hydrogen fuel cell buses have begun commercial operation in the UK. Hydrogen fuel cell buses are quiet and clean – the only emission is water vapour.

Under the terms of the deal, BP will build and manage the infrastructure to supply hydrogen to the buses. The hydrogen is stored in tanks on the roofs of the buses, which will use around 40 kilograms of hydrogen a day, and have a range of around 250 miles.

The introduction of the hydrogen fuel cell buses to London is part of a Europe-wide EU-funded project to look at the viability of hydrogen as a fuel for motor transport vehicles. BP is working with DaimlerChrysler on similar projects in Barcelona and Porto; and in Stuttgart and Hamburg BP will be working closely with the local utilities to develop the fuel.

BP is also supplying hydrogen for similar projects in California and Western Australia.