Following the deployment of the largest hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet in Europe, Aberdeen is making another clean energy first as the city council’s flagship hydrogen programme introduces hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the city’s car club.
The availability of the Hyundai ix35 cars will enable many more people to experience the excellent performance of hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Aberdeen City Council secured Transport Scotland funding to buy two Hyundais. This will encourage businesses and individuals to try out and buy hydrogen vehicles and will also be the next step in building a hydrogen infrastructure in the city and extending the use of hydrogen-fuelled transport throughout Scotland.
The fuel cell cars will be made available for public use on a pay-as-you-go basis later this year, following an initial testing period and a series of promotional events. Councillor Barney Crockett, who chairs the European hydrogen association (HyER) said: “Once again we are demonstrating that by taking the lead on developing and using new and innovative technologies, we can offer environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional methods of transport which rely on fossil fuels.
Managing director of Co-wheels, Richard Falconer, added: “Co-wheels has always pioneered cleaner and greener travel options, and these hydrogen powered cars are another step toward improving air quality and reducing CO2 emissions in the city.
We are delighted to be working with Aberdeen City Council to enable residents, council staff and local businesses access to this cutting-edge green driving technology.”
The Hyundai ix35 fuel cell car has similar levels of convenience and performance to conventional internal combustion cars. Its hydrogen capacity gives it a driving range of 525km (326 miles) on a single fuelling. Unlike traditional cars, the hydrogen fuel cell cars produce no harmful emissions, and in fact only produce water vapour at the tail pipe. Once in full operation, the Hyundais will be fuelled using locally-produced hydrogen.
Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport & Islands said: “Transport Scotland have supported the introduction of these cars to complement Aberdeen’s growing fleet of ultra-low emission vehicles, including buses and vans. The fact that they will be deployed in the car club and be so accessible by the public and council staff as well as by local businesses, means that many more people will be able to experience the benefits of clean and green motoring first hand”.
ABERDEEN HYDROGEN BUSES SUCCESSFUL YEAR
The Aberdeen hydrogen fuel cell bus project celebrated its first successful year of operation. The fleet travelled 250,000 miles and carried more than 440,000 passengers.
The buses produce no harmful emissions and have proven to be almost four times more fuel efficient than their diesel equivalents. The hydrogen production and refuelling station achieved 99.9% availability. It is owned and operated by BOC, a member of the Linde Group.
Councillor Barney Crockett said: “The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project has been a great success story for Aberdeen and all of the partners and funders involved in it. In the space of just a year since we moved into the operational phase, the project has outperformed expectations. It’s been very well received by the bus drivers and members of the public, and has created a real buzz about the city’s hydrogen capabilities. These vehicles have replaced 10 diesel buses on the city’s streets, cutting the amount of toxins polluting our air on a daily basis and helping us work towards making Aberdeen a cleaner, greener city, with a clear focus on low-carbon technologies.
Steve Walker, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: “Reaching the first year of operation is a huge milestone for the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project. We are really pleased with how the vehicles are performing on the road and we have had a significant amount of positive feedback from our passengers on the quality of the buses. We are looking forward to the next year of operating the hydrogen powered vehicles.”
David Phillips, First Aberdeen managing director, said: “We are proud of our role as an operator of these ground-breaking hydrogen vehicles and I’m delighted to mark the one year anniversary today. They’ve been an effective addition to our Aberdeen fleet and the feedback we’ve had from both passengers and the drivers who’ve had them on the roads every day has been extremely positive. More public transport journeys are made by bus than any other mode and it’s important we continue to embrace changes that benefit both the passenger and the environment. We are keen to continue to work closely with our partners to ensure that together we achieve real and lasting modal shift.” http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk http://www.shfca.org.uk wwwhighvlocity.eu