The world’s first fleet of double decker hydrogen buses have officially launched into service in Aberdeen, run by First Bus, in a project lead by Aberdeen City Council.

The buses emit only water at the tailpipe and plans are in place for Aberdeen to make its own hydrogen.

“It’s great to see the world’s first hydrogen double decker buses starting on their service routes in Aberdeen,” said Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing. “It underlines the city’s role as the energy capital of Europe and shows its commitment to the transition of green energy from oil and gas as part of the city’s Net Zero Vision,” she adds.

“The buses are a fantastic asset to the city as an entrepreneurial and technological leader as they have advanced technology that pushes established hydrogen boundaries and also greatly assist us in tackling air pollution in the city.”

The new 60-seat double-deckers save an estimated one kilogram of CO2 with each kilometre they drive. The buses are also are virtually silent in operation, helping to create quieter, calmer streets.