Following the recent introduction of a battery-electric double-decker, in late June Citybus achieved a global first as it receiving the first prototype tri-axle hydrogen double-deck bus specifically designed and built for Hong Kong. The operator described the occasion as a historical moment for the public transport sector in Hong Kong and for Citybus in its journey towards zero-emission. “This is Hong Kong’s first public bus to be powered by hydrogen and is yet another milestone achieved by Citybus after the recent introduction of Hong Kong’s first electric double-deck bus. Citybus will continue to work with the government closely to design relevant regulations and ordinances in order to allow the operation of hydrogen vehicles in Hong Kong,” the operator said.
The vehicle is designed and built by a consortium of experts led by Bravo Transport and Wisdom (Fujian) Motor Company and uses key components and products from renowned international partners and suppliers. The fuel cell is provided by Ballard Power Systems.
Bravo Transport Chairman Cliff Zhang said “We are very proud to be the first public transport operator in Hong Kong to bring both hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric tri-axle double-deck buses to our city. These vehicles demonstrate Citybus’ leading position in Hong Kong’s public transportation sector’s zero-emission transformation journey. We have teamed up with renowned international and mainland Chinese partners and suppliers on the project, to deliver a top-quality and fit-for-purpose hydrogen bus suitable for Hong Kong’s operating environment. We thank the government for its ongoing collaboration to assist us in bringing this product into Hong Kong and will continue to work with the relevant government departments closely to design legislation and guidance to obtain the necessary approvals for the bus’s official public launch.
“We aim to operate a full fleet of zero-emission buses by 2045 and we believe that hydrogen fuel cell technology, alongside battery-electric, are both viable options for Hong Kong’s challenging operating environment. With both battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell double-deck buses being tested in parallel, we can partner with the government in formulating a comprehensive plan for our city’s transition to carbon-neutral transportation.”