State Government to trial hydrogen bus on the Coast

A new hydrogen-powered bus will be trialled on the Coast

[Video interview included] The state’s first trial of a hydrogen-powered bus will begin on the Central Coast later this year, as the NSW Government transitions its fleet to zero emission technology.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said it was an exciting development for the region.

“I am delighted to be able to confirm that Central Coast operator, Red Bus, will be conducting the state’s first hydrogen trial, right here on the Central Coast,” he said.

The project is a partnership with the Department of Planning and Environment, local bus manufacturer ARCC, Red Bus and Origin Energy.

Treasurer and Minister for Energy, Matt Kean, said it would help create a thriving green hydrogen industry in NSW.

“Unlocking hydrogen use in the heavy transport sector is key to creating new industries and achieving the economic prosperity that comes with it,” Kean said.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, noted that “hydrogen buses have a greater range than battery electric buses, which could make them better suited for use in regional and outer metropolitan areas of the state”.

Hydrogen vs electric

“The results of the battery electric bus trial on the Central Coast will be compared against the hydrogen bus to understand any key differences, including fuel economy and refuelling times,” Farraway said.

“In some regional areas, buses need to travel greater distances before they refuel, which is why trials like this are important.”

Managing Director and founder of ARCC, Peter Murley, said the Australian-owned business was committed to a sustainable, zero-emission transport future.

“Our focus is on helping local and state governments reach zero-emission targets with turnkey transport options that are 100 per cent Australian designed, built and supported,” he said.

On-road testing will take place on roads surrounding the development facility at Smithfield before the trial begins.

The first hydrogen fuel cell electric bus is expected to arrive on the Central Coast later this year.

Terry Collins