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 Red Bus Services passengers will become part of the future of public transport, with the first trial of a hydrogen electric bus to take place on the Central Coast later this year.


Red Bus Services has welcomed the announcement by the NSW Government that the state’s first hydrogen bus will be operated out of the company’s Bateau Bay depot.


Red Bus chief executive John Shore said the company was excited to host the Australia-first trial as part of the transition to zero emission buses.


“Red Bus Services is proud to have played a part in trials of battery electric buses and now we will become the first operator in Australia to experience hydrogen technology,” Mr Shore said.


“We hope the Central Coast community enjoys this glimpse into the future of zero emissions public transport. We anticipate operating the bus on a range of different routes so people should keep an eye out for the bus once it is put into service.


“A hydrogen fuel cell electric bus is expected to be suitable for a regional area like ours due to the longer routes than in the city.


“Because Red Bus Services put its hand up to trial a battery electric bus, we are now well-placed to compare it to hydrogen-powered technology.”


The NSW Government announced the hydrogen bus, which has been built by western Sydney-based bus manufacturer ARCC, is now in testing at Eastern Creek on a closed track. Once that testing is complete the bus can then be brough to the Red Bus depot.


“Origin Energy, another partner in the trial, will install a hydrogen tank in our depot to fuel the new bus,” Mr Shore said.


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


Red Bus Services, which has been operating in the region since 1923, services a large area of the Central Coast bounded by Gosford in the South to Lakehaven in the North, Bateau Bay in the East to Ourimbah and Wyong in the West.





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