Birmingham City Council has unveiled the first of 20 new hydrogen buses, which are set to be in operation later this year.
The new buses have been brought as part of the Council’s Clean Air Hydrogen Bus Pilot, which looks to ‘kick-start’ the hydrogen market as a viable zero-emission fuel.
They’ve been congratulated as an alternate solution to tackling the city’s paltry air quality and a key step towards achieving the council’s net zero carbon target.
Speaking in Centenary Square where the first bus was unveiled to colleagues today, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Waseem Zaffar said: “Fuel cell buses offer a practical solution for cities to decarbonise public transport and immediately improve air quality.
“The delivery of the first bus is great news for our city and the surrounding region. It means that we can now work with our partners at National Express to start testing the buses, training drivers and adding bold designs before rolling the buses out for the public this Autumn. This is a momentous step towards our net zero carbon target and will provide Birmingham with a captaining role in informing debate on supportive policies for zero emission public transport at a local and national level.”