The Government’s ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ is driving the transition to zero emissions across all vehicle types for public and private transport. Forward-looking councils and fleet operators are taking action to provide clean public transport alternatives, including buses.

There are currently only two options for zero-emission public transport: the pure battery electric vehicle (EV) or the hydrogen fuel cell EV.

Hydrogen comes into its own for buses and other large vehicles that do hundreds of miles per day and require frequent, fast refuelling. It takes just 10 minutes to refuel a bus and five minutes to refuel a car, delivering ranges of around 350km and 500km respectively.

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. It is produced in a number of ways, which vary in efficiency, carbon intensity and cost. The most common production method today is steam methane reformation (SMR), which can be a low-carbon process when used with carbon capture or a biomass feedstock.

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