Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen buses has made their home in the Scottish city of Aberdeen.
Before this development, Aberdeen was considered the “oil capital of Europe” with the discovery of oil in the North Sea. Now, Aberdeen has a 19 million pound ($24.98 million) project where hydrogen buses are the new form of public transportation.
Hydrogen fueled vehicles create no harmful emissions; instead only water vapor is released. According to CNBC, the buses in Aberdeen hold 40 kilograms of hydrogen and can travel up to 260 miles “on a typical urban cycle.”
This project was started in an attempt to combat air quality issues. In addition, the buses are said to run quite silently and feel more like a train.
Aberdeen is just one of many cities in Europe that is looking to improve their air quality. London recently put in a T-charge on more polluting petrol and diesel vehicles that enter the city. In Paris, a Sticker Scheme came into effect in January 2017 where residents must put a sticker on their vehicle window that indicates the age and cleanliness of a vehicle.
While Europe is taking steps to a greener, more sustainable cities, the city of Aberdeen is making strides.
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