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04 Oct 2021
Inverness will soon become the next city to trial a hydrogen bus on routes across the city and as far north as Dingwall, Alness and Muir of Ord.
As a combined initiative between HITRANS, Protium Energy Limited and Opportunity Cromarty Firth, the hydrogen fuel cell bus is expected to operate from mid-October through to the November 2021 on bus routes operated by Stagecoach Highlands. The trial will conclude following the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
The Caetano hydrogen fuel cell bus has a 60kW Fuel Cell and a 44kW battery pack, providing a range of 400km with 30km of this distance powered by battery alone. The high performance bus emits zero CO2 emissions and the hydrogen fuel cells are stored in the vehicles roof, allowing more space on board for the comfort of passengers.
David Beaton Managing Director at Stagecoach Highlands said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the hydrogen bus to our depot in Inverness. The future of transport is undoubtedly heading towards ultra-low and zero emission so it is really exciting to be able to trial this next generation of vehicles. Travelling by bus, when we can, is one of the easiest ways to address climate change through carbon reduction of our own journeys.”
The hydrogen fuel cell bus is expected to operate on Stagecoach services 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in the city and services 25, 26, 27 and 28 to the north of Inverness.