May 30, 2008
Europe’s first clean, green, zero emission minibus bus powered by three different environmentally friendly technologies will be unveiled and put through its paces at a launch on June 5 – which is also World Environment Day.
The unique minibus is the result of an international collaboration which was led and co-ordinated by the University of Glamorgan, with funding from the Energy Savings Trust, sponsorship from the Welsh Assembly Government and the support of industry.
The unique vehicle benefits from three types of power delivery – hydrogen fuel cell, lead acid battery technology and ultra-capacitators.
The development places Wales at the forefront of green technology where the promotion of alternative fuels and niche vehicle manufacturing has been championed by the Assembly Government and the automotive sector.
The minibus – which will be used as student transport between the University’s different campuses, has a range of approximately 150 miles based on a city centre drive cycle and a top speed of 55mph.
The Energy Savings Trust event will mark the successful completion of the project which provides a viable transport solution for commercial operators throughout the UK and Europe.
The launch will take place at 10.30am on Thursday June 5 at the Technium Sustainable Technologies,
Baglan Energy Park.