Highland hydrogen trial

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Stagecoach in Inverness is to trial a Caetano hydrogen bus on routes across the city, reaching as far north as Dingwall, Alness and Muir of Ord in a combined initiative between HiTrans, Protium Energy and Opportunity Cromarty Firth. The hydrogen fuel cell bus is expected to operate from mid-October through to mid-November on routes operated by Stagecoach Highlands in the city. The trial will conclude following the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

The Caetano bus has a 60kW Fuel Cell and a 44kW battery pack, providing an estimated range of 400km, with 30km powered by battery alone.

HiTrans Chair Allan Henderson and Highland Councillor said: “HiTrans is delighted to be involved in this project from the outset after an approach from Protium Energy. In funding the hydrogen supply from Element2 we are demonstrating that the Highlands and Islands are willing and able play a key part in the development of Scotland’s hydrogen economy.”

David Beaton, Managing Director at Stagecoach Highlands, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the hydrogen bus to our depot in Inverness. The future of transport is undoubtedly heading towards ultra-low and zero emission so it is really exciting to be able to trial this next generation of vehicles. Travelling by bus, when we can, is one of the easiest ways to address climate change through carbon reduction of our own journeys.”

Tim Harper, CEO of Element 2, added: “We are thrilled to be supplying the hydrogen for Stagecoach Highlands. It further reiterates our commitment to Scotland and our plans for growth. As with all Element 2’s supply, the hydrogen will be from green or sustainable sources, in our commitment to the helping the UK reach it’s net-zero targets.”

The Caetano H2.City Gold whist on trial with Metrobus in May of this year. CAETANO