The world’s first hydrogen double decker bus will be on display after its manufacturer, Wrightbus, was chosen to be part of a prestigious event showcasing the best green innovations.
Wrightbus was selected as one of 12 green innovators from across the UK to take part in a British Government-hosted Global Investment Summit on 19 October, which will showcase the best of UK innovation and green technology.
The Summit will demonstrate Britain’s commitment to green industries of the future ahead of COP26 and promote the UK as the best destination for foreign investment.
Around 200 investors attending the Summit will see the latest cutting-edge innovation – including Wrightbus’s world-first hydrogen double decker – Wrightbus owner and Executive Chairman, Jo Bamford (pictured), said he was proud to be showcasing the firm’s world-leading technology at the event alongside other UK innovators.
“We’re honoured to have been invited to showcase our world-first Hydroliner hydrogen double decker bus at the prestigious Global Investment Summit,” he said.
“Thanks to investment into research and development, Wrightbus has become a true world-leader in zero-emission bus transport technology. From the launch of the world’s first hydrogen double deck bus to the launch of the fastest-charging EV double deck on the market, our innovation in the sector is unsurpassed.
“To date, our zero-carbon buses have covered more than half a million miles, preventing almost 1 million kg of CO2 from entering the atmosphere on those journeys. We need to ensure hydrogen-powered transportation is a viable and cost effective alternative for the UK to hit its net zero objectives.
“We’re proud to be part of the movement that’s leading the world to create technological solutions to ensure a net zero future, whilst also creating green jobs and boosting the UK’s green economy.
“As a nation, we could create a world-leading hydrogen ecosystem allowing us to become one of the best hydrogen-producing countries in the world – but continued investment into the sector is vital for such projects to have a truly global impact.”
Minister for Investment Gerry Grimstone added: “Our showcase businesses show why the UK is a global hub for green technology, and I am proud that Wrightbus will be presenting their innovative world-first zero-emission double decker hydrogen bus to some of the world’s most high profile investors at the summit. “Our industries of the future like automotive will not only help ensure a cleaner, greener planet but also create high value jobs in Northern Ireland and across the UK.”