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NI organization produces ‘world first’ hydrogen bus

The world’s first hydrogen double-decker buses will be worked by a Ballymena organization.

Wrightbus will produce the buses which will be presented on three London bus routes next year.

It comes after a troublesome year for the firm in 2018 which saw a major drop in benefits and two rounds of redundancies.

Funding for the hydrogen buses is being given by European bodies and the Office of Low Emission Vehicles.

Transport for London (TfL) has so far ordered 20 of the buses.

They produce no contamination from their depletes and are part of a drive to make London’s transport zero-emission.

Representative for TfL, Tom Cunnington disclosed to BBC News NI that Wrightbus were the unmistakable “best option” for the creation of the new vehicles, saying he was “really pleased” to award them the contract.

He included: “I expect Wrightbus to continue to be one of London’s major suppliers of buses.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan stated: “We all have a role to play in cleaning up London’s toxic air and I’ve always said that TfL should lead from the front.

“Following the launch of the world-first Ultra Low Emission Zone last month I’m delighted that TfL has today signed a contract to bring 20 state-of-the-art, zero-emission hydrogen buses to London’s streets.”

In October a year ago Wrightbus additionally won orders for in excess of 200 buses from clients in Hong Kong.

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