FOI request detail

Hydrogen

Request ID: FOI-2618-1617
Date published: 17 May 2017

You asked

1. how many hydrogen fueled vehicles are operated in London by TfL service providers? 2. which of the TfL service providers are operating hydrogen fueled vehicles? 3. what is the cost of hydrogen fueled vehicles compared with diesel fueled vehicles? 4. are there any additoinal insurance costs incurred by operating hydrogen fueled vehicles? 5. which insurance companies have undertaken to insure hydrogen fueled vehicles?

We answered

TfL Ref: 2618-1617

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 23 March 2017 asking for information about hydrogen fuelled vehicles. I sincerely apologise for the delay in replying.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can confirm that we hold some of the information you require. You asked:

 

  1. how many hydrogen fueled vehicles are operated in London by TfL service providers?

     



    London operates eight hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles on route RVI from Covent Garden to Tower Gateway. A further two are being procured in 2017/18 and the unit price is €864,400 each.



     



  2. which of the TfL service providers are operating hydrogen fueled vehicles?

     



    The private bus operator, Tower Transit, runs these under contract to TfL.



     



  3. what is the cost of hydrogen fueled vehicles compared with diesel fueled vehicles?

     



    There is a unit target price of no more than €650k under the JIVE [Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe] project, of which London is a partner. This is largely self-funded by national and international grants. JIVE is leading the purchase of the next generation of buses in European Union and we expected London to benefit with around at least 20 zero-emission fuel-cell buses from 2018. Hydrogen buses are produced to order compared to diesel vehicles which are mass produced, benefiting from economies of scale and constant orders.



     



    A standard single deck diesel bus in London is estimated to be around £170k and a double deck in the region of £210k, depending on specification of vehicle and number ordered. Diesel hybrid double deck buses are in the region of £300k.



     



    The current generation of hydrogen fuel-cell buses came into operation on route RV1 from 2011. The original Clean Urban Transport for Europe (CUTE) project for five buses cost £15 million, with around £2.8 million set aside for the build and operation of the refuelling station at Lea Interchange, near Stratford. The rest of the money was for the purchase of the vehicles, their maintenance, fuel and parts replacement over the project’s life. Towards the costs we received a £2.1 million grant from the Department of Energy and Climate change (previously the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) and we expect to receive around €5,447 from the European Union. (see http://www.hydrogenlondon.org/projects/london-hydrogen-bus-project/). The scope of the original project later grew to eight vehicles.



     



  4. are there any additional insurance costs incurred by operating hydrogen fueled vehicles?

     



    The current fleet of eight is insured by TfL. We cannot compare these costs as most bus operators self insure their vehicles and there hasn’t been a need to use this insurance cover to date. There isn’t the data available for us to draw any conclusions.



     



  5. which insurance companies have undertaken to insure hydrogen fueled vehicles?

 

See above.

 

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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