London, England – The first of a  fleet of eight zero-emission fuel cell buses, the only hydrogen bus fleet in the U.K. and the largest such fleet in Europe, will begin operating in London, England this week. The buses use technology developed by Ballard Power Systems of Vancouver.

In conjunction, the U.K.’s largest hydrogen refuelling site will also open in the city’s east end.

The vehicles were specifically designed for Transport for London using pioneering technology developed by ISE, Wrightbus and Ballard. All eight buses are expected to be phased into operation next year and will follow a route that passes through some of London’s most polluted areas. The buses are joining a fleet that also includes 100 hybrid buses, which is expected to eventually expand to 300 units.

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