Liverpool, England’s City Region Combined Authority has ordered 20 zero-emission hydrogen double deck buses from Alexander Limited. The 20 ADL Enviro400FCEV buses were purchased using the Liverpool City Region’s Transforming Cities Fund and will be owned by the people of the City Region.
The hydrogen bus project is a key part of Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram’s Vision for Bus, which commits to building a better, more reliable, and affordable bus network for the City Region. The project also aligns with the mayor’s goal of having the city become net zero carbon by 2040 at the latest. The existing fleet of buses for the region is already more than 70% low emissions and the city has plans for building hydrogen refuelling facilities later this year.
“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,” Rotheram said. “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.”
ADL’s H2.0 second-generation hydrogen double deck bus – ADL Enviro400FCEV – was developed on the next-generation H2.0 platform.
“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.”