Next-generation hydrogen bus announced in Scotland

 Next-generation hydrogen bus announced in Scotland

Scottish bus builder Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has announced its next-generation hydrogen double-decker bus. Developed under the project name H2.0, the model is due to hit the roads this year and will have a range of up to 300 miles.

ADL has not revealed many details about the technical specifications. But it will equip the H2.0 with a fuel cell module from Ballard and the VEDS electric drive system from Voith. There will also be fewer H2 tanks with a higher volume on board. The model is built on ADL’s second-generation hydrogen platform, “which incorporates lessons learned from nationwide testing,” the company said.

“H2.0 is going to be a milestone for zero-emission technology with unrivalled efficiency that gives a class-leading range, perfect for high mileage routes that battery technology doesn’t cover,” said ADL President and CEO Paul Davies.

Incidentally, Northern Ireland-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus is also relying on Voith’s electric drive system, which is used in the new model. The company recently announced that it had selected Voith as the exclusive partner for the supply of the VEDS for the second generation of its battery-electric and fuel cell buses for Europe.

The H2.0 is developed and built in Great Britain. However, American parent company NFI, which took over the Scottish bus manufacturer in 2019, has a major influence. As such, ADL announced that the new H2.0 platform for the FC double-decker “builds on the more than 25 years of hydrogen experience of New Flyer,” another subsidiary of the NFI Group.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:3rd Mar 2021

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