In his speech to the Transport Select Committee on an electric bus only town scheme, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed that the government is preparing to plans for a hydrogen bus only town.
Shapps said that he believed that British bus manufacturers to become world leaders in the hydrogen technology and that the “UK had a chance to steal a march on the rest of the world”.
Commenting on this speech, Jo Bamford, owner of Wrightbus and the man behind Ryse Hydrogen in Northen Ireland, said, “We’re delighted that the secretary of state shares our vision and belief that the UK can lead the world in hydrogen technology.
“As the producer of the world’s-first double decker hydrogen bus, we have been encouraging the Government to consider a hydrogen bus town, as we believe this will be a brilliant showcase of the vital role that zero-emission hydrogen buses – all of which can be produced and manufactured in the UK – can play in improving air quality.
“Hydrogen buses are essential for longer routes and heavy usage, as they can do many more miles than an electric bus and take only five minutes to be refueled. “The secretary of state’s leadership and support can kick the hydrogen economy into full swing and will be a much-needed shot in the arm for UK jobs and the UK economy. We stand ready to work with authorities looking to become the first ever hydrogen bus town.”