Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has ordered 20 hydrogen double-decker buses from Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) for use on the city region's busiest route, the 10A between St Helens and Liverpool city centre.
This is the first order for H2 buses based on the second-generation ADL platform presented in March, which will be equipped with fuel cell modules from Ballard and the VEDS electric drive system from Voith. The production model, the Enrivro400FCEV, is based on this H2.0 platform.
The Enviro400FCEV is said to offer a range of 300 miles or the equivalent of 482 kilometers, with further technical data ADL - as at the presentation in March - holds back. The hydrogen tanks and other key components are said to have been so intelligently packaged that weight distribution and the space in the interior are ideal.
In the case of the Liverpool order, the vehicles will be purchased through Liverpool City Region's Transforming Cities Fund - meaning they will be officially owned by the people of the city region. No details of the financial envelope are given by either ADL or Liverpool City Region. "Subject to final project plan agreement", the first vehicles could be delivered as early as 2022, Liverpool City Region said