HYZON Motors and WarpForge Limited have signed an MoU with transportation company Australian Transit Group (ATG) for the deployment of the first ‘SuperBus’ on Australian roads.
Under the collaboration, ATG will operate the SuperBus, which encompasses innovative composite material capabilities made possible through the recent co-development agreement between HYZON and WarpForge.
The SuperBus aims to realise longer driving ranges, reduced manufacturing costs, improved safety features and emission-free driving.
HYZON and WarpForge’s recently agreed collaboration is aiming to develop the prototype SuperBus at WarpForge’s facilities in Perth, with work commencing in 2021. Through this new partnership with ATG, the companies will work together to introduce the vehicle into an ATG operated bus route in Western Australia.
The SuperBus will be powered by HYZON’s proven PEM fuel cell designs, which have already been used in hundreds of commercial vehicles internationally, and which provide industry leading efficiency, leading to lower hydrogen consumption in operation, and therefore lower cost of operation.
Craig Knight, Co-Founder and CEO of HYZON Motors, said hydrogen is emerging as a crucial component of the future energy landscape, including in the bus sector, as it offers the most attractive green solution for high utilization heavy vehicles.
We are delighted to be collaborating with ATG, with operations across Australia and a 950-strong bus fleet presenting an exciting opportunity for HYZON and WarpForge to introduce our pioneering technology into the Australian bus market for the first time,” Mr Knight said.
“We see this agreement as an important step in our journey to decarbonize the country’s bus fleets, the urgency of which is reflected in the recent Transport for NSW Expression of Interest targeting Zero Emission Bus trials that will ultimately lead to the replacement of the 8,000 transit buses in NSW.”
BusWest is part of a 950 strong bus fleet ATG are planning to decarbonise.