A futuristic hum is on its way to Liverpool, as the city centre is about to host as many as 25 alternatively fuelled demonstration buses.
The mayor has opted to bring in this small fleet of hydrogen buses in an effort to hit the city's ambition of running on a zero-carbon basis by 2040, and the reason for hydrogen? Probably something to do with the fact that gas producer BOC Group and fuel cell specialist Arcola Energy are members of a consortium that's won £6.4m in government money to pay for the trial, with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority coordinating the cash injection from the government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
It's good news for the lungs of urban Liverpudlians regardless of the clandestine motivations, as up to 25 hydrogen-powered buses are set to enter the city, emitting nothing more than the odd dribble of water and people. The Liverpool City Region Hydrogen Bus Project will refuel its hot new buses in a BOC depot in St Helens, with the first expected to start running in 2020.
Liverpool City mayor Steve Rotheram said: "Introducing commercially-viable hydrogen-powered buses would not only help our city region tackle poor air quality and achieve our ambition of being zero carbon by 2040 but would put us at the forefront of a technology that could be transformative for the rest of the country and beyond." [Liverpool BN]