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First NSW hydrogen bus trial underway on the Central Coast

The ARCC hydrogen bus has started running for Red Bus on the Central Coast

The state’s first hydrogen-powered electric bus yesterday first took to the streets of the Central Coast in a local trial of the technology.

Treasurer and Minister for Energy Matt Kean says the trial was one of many that were paving the way to a zero emissions future by bringing together industry and the transport and energy sectors.

“These hydrogen buses are the first step in growing our green hydrogen industry which is estimated to grow the NSW economy by an extra $600 million each year from 2030 onwards and attract $80 billion in investment by 2050,” Kean says.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway says the trial is an important milestone in the plan to transition the state’s 8000-plus public transport buses to zero emissions technology.

“The NSW government is keeping our state moving forward by investing in the technology that will deliver widespread benefits to our communities, commuters and our economy,” Farraway says.

“The new hydrogen bus is believed to be the first of its kind manufactured in NSW and we know this trial will be key to supporting the development of the hydrogen industry right here in NSW.”

The ARCC bus will run with Red Bus Services, with Origin Energy to provide the hydrogen for the vehicle.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch says unlocking hydrogen use in the heavy transport sector will ensure investment in clean technology, grow the economy and support regional jobs and manufacturing.

“This state first trial will help determine the most suitable zero emissions technology to deliver the best services for our regional and rural communities,” Crouch says.

“Hydrogen may have the potential to travel longer distances without refuelling and have faster refuelling times, which is an important factor in regional NSW.

“Red Bus has already conducted a trial using a battery electric bus so this trial will allow for a direct comparison between how electric and hydrogen perform in the same location.”

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

The new hydrogen bus first began service yesterday and will be on trial until the end of June 2023.

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