Wrightbus hydrogen double-deck buses, operated by First Aberdeen, have completed their first 100,000 miles of operation and saved 170,000kg of CO2 – the equivalent of taking 42 cars off the road for a year.
Aberdeen city council co-leader, Douglas Lumsden, says: “Transforming the city’s carbon footprint on a large scale is no easy feat, but we’re committed to making continuous progress and are proud to be leading the way in the transport industry with First Aberdeen to bring our joint vision of low emission public transport to life.”
The 15 hydrogen buses are now in service across the city with the majority of them predominantly operating on the Service 19 route in Aberdeen.
Ian Gillott, Wrightbus group director, adds: “To reach 100,000 miles is a significant milestone. It is a credit to Aberdeen city council and to FirstBus that they have embraced this new technology so readily, putting Aberdeen firmly and historically on the zero emissions map.”
To support the fleet, Wrightbus has a support team of hydrogen specialists in Aberdeen as well as a technical back-up team on 24-hour call.
Michelle Thomson, hydrogen bus driver at First Aberdeen, says: “Drivers and the public absolutely love the new hydrogen buses – sailing smoothly and silently through the city’s streets is an absolute joy.”
Aberdeen makes its own hydrogen to power the buses, making it a greener energy source for the local community.