OPTARE AND ARCOLA ENERGY LAUNCHING FUEL CELL METRODECKER
Arcola Energy Ltd and Optare Group Ltd has announced the launch of a hydrogen fuel cell double deck bus product for UK and international markets. Bus and power system are built in the UK. The Metrodecker H2 hydrogen bus product is built on the Optare Metrodecker EV platform and incorporates a hydrogen fuel cell powerpack developed by Arcola Energy. It can carry more than 90 passengers with a range of between 200 and 250 miles depending on specification and route.
Base vehicles for the Metrodecker H2 will be serially produced at Optare’s factory in Sherburn-in-Elmet, near Leeds, on the existing production lines for the Metrodecker EV. Hydrogen and fuel cell systems will be built by Arcola Energy at their existing Liverpool manufacturing facility, with plans well advanced for a second facility at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc in Dundee. Dr Ben Todd, CEO of Arcola Energy said: “Our partnership with Optare is an important step forward, not just for Arcola Energy, but for hydrogen fuel cell vehicle deployment in the UK.” The hydrogen fuel cell powertrain in the Metrodecker H2 is part of a family of products developed by Arcola Energy over the past ten years for a wide range of uses including lightweight cars, trucks, off-highway vehicles, buses and trains. Graham Belgum, CEO of Optare Group Ltd commented: “We believe fuel cell technology has the potential to complement Optare’s award winning battery electric vehicle range.” He sees a significant export market for fuel cell buses to regions with high ambient temperatures, requiring high air-conditioning power. Arcola Energy is a systems engineering company and Tier 1 supplier specialising in zero-emission technologies for heavy-duty vehicles.