The bus project is a key part of the metro mayor Steve Rotheram’s Vision for Bus, which aims to use the powers of devolution to build a better, more reliable and affordable bus network.
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has ordered 20 zero-emission hydrogen double deck buses from Alexander Limited (ADL).
The 20 ADL Enviro400FCEV buses are being directly purchased through the Liverpool City Region’s Transforming Cities Fund and will be owned by the people of the City Region. The buses will initially serve the City Region’s busiest route, the 10A between St Helens and Liverpool city centre.
The hydrogen bus project is a key part of Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram’s Vision for Bus, which commits to using the powers available through devolution to build a better, more reliable and affordable bus network for the City Region. Broader plans also include the building of hydrogen refuelling facilities, which will be the first of its kind in the north-west, due to begin later in the year.
With the metro mayor having set a target for the Liverpool City Region to become net zero carbon by 2040 at the latest – at least a decade before national targets – the hydrogen buses will be an important addition to the region’s existing fleet, which is already more than 70 per cent low emissions.
Rotheram said 82 per cent of all journeys on public transport in region are taken by bus and that the new fleet will give people “a clean, green and comfortable” way to get about. “Reforming our bus network is a massive part of my plan for an integrated London-style transport network that makes travelling around our region quick, cheap and reliable,” he added.
“We want to be doing our bit to tackle climate change and improve air quality across the region too. These buses will be a really important part of making that happen.
“Alongside the hydrogen refuelling facilities we’re building and some of the other exciting green projects we’re investing in, our region is leading the Green Industrial Revolution.”
This is the first order for ADL’s H2.0 second-generation hydrogen double deck bus, or ADL Enviro400FCEV. The Enviro400FCEV has been developed on the next-generation H2.0 platform.
“Reforming our bus network is a massive part of my plan for an integrated London-style transport network that makes travelling around our region quick, cheap and reliable”
“With its investment in this new fleet of hydrogen buses, the Combined Authority has chosen the latest in clean technology for the Liverpool City Region,” said Paul Davies, ADL president and managing director. “Our next generation H2.0 platform builds on 25 years of experience in hydrogen fuel cell technology. Designed and built in Britain, these buses will help to secure skilled jobs and apprenticeships across the bus manufacturing industry which is hugely important as we continue the decarbonisation journey.”
ADL is a subsidiary of NFI, a specialist in zero-emission mobility, with electric vehicles operating – or on order – in more than 80 cities in five countries, it claims. It also operates the Vehicle Innovation Centre in the US, an innovation lab dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology and providing workforce development.