In an attempt to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, London Mayor Ken Livingstone has just made a deal to purchase 10 hydrogen-powered buses.
The Mayor signed the £10 million($20.75 million) contract with US manufacturer ISE Corp. The city will receive five buses run on hydrogen fuel cells and another five with traditional engines that burn hydrogen. London has almost 8,000 buses in service, and the city has used diesel hybrids for years in an effort to reduce pollution.
The buses are almost 8 times more expensive than traditional diesel buses, which cost around £130,000. However, the city feels the environmental benefits outweigh the cost. The buses’ only emission is water vapor, whereas diesel buses can be heavy polluters. The city hopes that the cost of hydrogen-powered buses will drop as they become more commonly used.
Livingstone said: “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.”
“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.”
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