New Zealand-built hydrogen bus coming to Auckland

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Tuesday 10 September 2019

Auckland Transport has announced it will buy the first hydrogen-powered bus for New Zealand, and that it will be locally built.

The first bus will be constructed by Global Bus Ventures (GBV), located in Christchurch. It will be 13.5m long, have three axles and carry up to 78 passengers.

Darek Koper, AT's Bus Services Manager, said the organisation is keen to learn more about the possibilities of hydrogen power for Auckland's bus fleet. "We are committed to a low emission future and hydrogen could be one of the best ways to deliver it as it has the potential to address the range anxiety associated with batteries on long and high-frequency bus routes."

Rosie Mercer, Ports of Auckland's General Manager Sustainability said: "We are pleased to be able to support Auckland Transport and contribute to Auckland's low emission goals. Hydrogen has great potential for use in heavy vehicles and this trial is a key step in bringing such technology to Auckland. We have applied for resource consent for our hydrogen production and refuelling facility and procurement is underway."

"Transport emissions account for 47 per cent of Auckland's total carbon emissions, so it’s critical that we transition to a clean transport system as quickly as possible,” added Auckland mayor Phil Goff. "This trial of hydrogen-powered buses is another important step towards reducing carbon emissions in Auckland, so we can hold climate heating to the Paris Agreement target of 1.5 degrees.”

The bus is expected to start trials from September 2020.

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