LONDON London's mayor said on Tuesday he had
signed a 10 million-pound ($20.7 million) deal for ten
hydrogen-powered buses to help reduce pollution and CO2
emissions in the UK capital.
Five of the traditional red buses, to be built by U.S.
manufacturer ISE Corp, will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells
and five will burn hydrogen in conventional internal combustion
"London is now the first city in Europe to commit to a
hydrogen bus fleet of this size, which will match traditional
diesel buses in terms of performance," London Mayor Ken
"This represents a huge step forward from the previous
hydrogen trials in the capital and is an important step towards
my target of having five per cent of all public sector fleet
vehicles powered by hydrogen by 2015," he added.
Mike Weston, Operations Director for London Buses, told
Reuters the diesel buses they would replace would normally cost
around 130,000 pounds each, but the hydrogen buses produced no
emissions beyond water vapor and were worth the extra cost.
The hydrogen vehicle industry needs an initial commitment
from cities like London to help drive down costs in future, he
The buses will be operated by FirstGroup and join a fleet
of 8,000 in London, many of which are diesel hybrids.
(Reporting by Pete Harrison; Editing by Quentin Bryar)