Western Australia - (Public Transport Authority of Western Australia)

The initial two-year EcoBus trial (involving three fuel cell buses from Daimler) was run in collaboration with ‘sister’ trials in nine European cities plus Reykjavik and Beijing. In order to maximise community and industry access to the Perth EcoBuses and refuelling infrastructure, the trial was extended for a further twelve months until September 2007. The third year extension was run in association with the European HyFLEET:CUTE program.

The three EcoBuses performed beyond expectations and at the conclusion of the trial had travelled approximately 258,000km, consumed over 46 tonnes of hydrogen and carried over 320,000 passengers. 300 tonnes of tailpipe carbon emissions were avoided by not operating conventional diesel buses.

The EcoBus trial received a number of awards including the 2005 Banksia Award for Government Leading by Example, the 2004 Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Outstanding Achievement Award and the 2004 Sustainable Transport Coalition Government Innovation Award.

Perth are now developing their plans for a next generation hydrogen bus rollout.

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