Comfy seats onboard
For work or play
Charge on the go
So you don't miss your stop
For safer travel
The West Midlands aims to lead the green revolution and become a net zero carbon economy by 2041. We all have a key role to play in making that happen and we have already committed that our UK bus fleet will be fully zero emission much earlier, from 2030. By operating electric and hydrogen double deckers in service, we will learn which routes lend themselves to different bus types and what the mix of vehicles in our fleet should be going forward.
Built in Falkirk by Alexander Dennis, our electric buses have no engine and are battery powered.
Electric vs diesel
So you are probably thinking, why are electric buses a whole lot better than normal, diesel fuelled buses. Let us explain:
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Made by Wrightbus in Northern Ireland, each double-decker includes six Kevlar-coated aluminium tanks which store the hydrogen to fuel the driving of the bus (rather than a tank full of diesel!)
The bus can be refuelled within 10 minutes and the hydrogen is used when the buses fuel cell battery (yup, they run on electricity too!) capacity falls to 80%.
Since December 2021, National Express West Midlands has been operating Birmingham City Council's 20 hydrogen buses on the 51 route from Birmingham to Walsall via Perry Barr.
Hydrogen vs diesel
So you are probably thinking, why are hydrogen buses a whole lot better than normal-diesel fuelled buses? Let us explain:
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