The Fastway services of Metrobus are being upgraded with Wrightbus GB Kite Hydroliners, utilising a rare example of liquid hydrogen infrastructure. JAMES DAY reports from the launch event

Metrobus 6053 on Coachmans Drive in Crawley. Some of the vehicles were in service for some time prior to the launch event.

When bus operators are researching options for their transitions to zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell buses are usually only considered for routes with longer range. Electric buses are the more prevalent technology at the moment, but are unable to reliably fulfil more than 230 miles of service before recharging. The extra range provided by using hydrogen to charge a battery allows a zero-emission bus to extend its range considerably, though at present the technology is more expensive.

Bucking this trend is the new hydrogen fleet at Go-Ahead Group-owned Metrobus. The Wrightbus GB Kite Hydroliner singledeckers have been brought in for the Fastway service, serving Gatwick Airport.

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