Green Revolution: Go-Ahead Unveils UK’s Hydrogen Bus Fleet


The British public transport operator Go-Ahead inaugurated on June 29 the launch of its new fleet of hydrogen buses.

When fully delivered, this fleet, which represents an investment of 30 million pounds sterling (35 million euros), will serve the lines of Gatwick airport, Crawley and those of the town of Horley. It will eventually include 54 fuel cell vehicles, making it the largest fleet of hydrogen buses in Britain.

The buses will be supplied by a gigantic hydrogen station located in Crawley. Owned and operated by Air Products, this facility will be the first of its kind in Europe. Once at full capacity, it will be able to supply more than 100 buses each day.

The first 20 vehicles in the Go-Ahead fleet will be single-decker GB Kite Hydroliners manufactured by Wrightbus in the UK. The hydrogen that will power them will be stored at the Metrobus Crawley depot in a liquid form, then it will be transformed into gas in tanks installed on the roofs of the buses.

“We are now the first electric bus operator in Great Britain. We are convinced that hydrogen will play a crucial role in decarbonizing public transport”, explains Christian Schreyer, managing director of the Go-Ahead group.

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