WRIGHTBUS TO BUILD 20 FUEL CELL BUSES FOR LONDON
As part of the European Jive funding program to promote fuel cell buses TFL, Transport for London, has placed an order for 20 fuel cell buses at Wrightbus in Northern Ireland. The 20 Streetdeck double-deckers for London are to be equipped with FCveloCity-HD 85-kilowatt fuel cells are purchased from Ballard.
Public transit operator Transport for London is expanding its zero-emission bus fleet with the 20 FC double-deckers. The fleet currently comprises 145 electric buses, with a further 68 electric double-deckers coming this summer. TfL is investing around 12 million pounds (13.9 million euros) in the new fuel cell buses and the hydrogen infrastructure. More than 5 million pounds (5.78 million euros) will be provided by the Jive funding program and around 1 million pounds (1.16 million euros) by the British Office of Low Emission Vehicles.
These initial 20 double-decker buses are part of the 55 buses ultimately planned for the U.K. cluster under Jive I. The Jive funding program targets a total deployment of 291 fuel cell buses in more than 20 European cities. The 10.9 metre long Wrightbus StreetDeck FCEV double-deckers offer a total of 64 seats. The basic version has a range of around 320 km. The drive train is by Siemens. As of November, a total of 50 StreetDeck FCEVs are to be deployed in London, Birmingham and Aberdeen.
Under the Jive project Canadian fuel cell supplier Ballard has already signed contract for the delivery of 40 fuel cells to the German Jive cluster as well as 5 for buses in Pau, France.
All the Ballard modules for the 20 Streetdecks are expected to ship by end-2019 and all related buses are expected to be deployed with TfL by end-2020.
Europe’s JIVE funding program is intended to pave the way to commercialization of fuel cell electric buses by coordinating procurement activities to unlock economies-of-scale and reduce costs as well as supporting new hydrogen refuelling stations. These programs are supported by a total of €57 million in grants from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).