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Hydrogen buses to ply London streets

Transport for London is bringing “the next generation” of super-green transportation to the public:  hydrogen buses, eight of them before Christmas, according to plan.  One is already in service on the ever-popular tourist route that takes in Covent Garden, the South Bank and the Tower of London, and seven more are scheduled for the coming week.

The new bus, designed specially for London, runs on batteries that store electricity generated from a hydrogen fuel cell, which combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce power, with plain old hot water vapour as a byproduct instead of noxious diesel or gasoline fumes.  The expectation is that these buses will cut down on air pollution in the city and go at least some way towards reducing the incidence of illness and death resulting from the high pollution index.

The first permanent hydrogen refuelling station in the U.K. is to be built in East London, and David Edwards of Transport for London said that if the buses perform as hoped, the new technology will gradually spread to many other cities in the U.K.

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