The JCB heir behind plans to bring 3,000 hydrogen buses to the streets of the UK has today backed Transport Secretary Grant Shapps after he announced his vision for a Hydrogen Bus Town.
Jo Bamford, who owns hydrogen energy producer Ryse Hydrogen and Northern Ireland-based bus company Wrightbus, has applauded Mr Shapps, who revealed his plans while giving evidence at the Transport Select Committee.
Mr Bamford said: "We're delighted that the Secretary of State shares our vision and belief that the UK can lead the world in hydrogen technology.
"As the producer of the world's-first double decker hydrogen bus, we have been encouraging the Government to consider a Hydrogen Bus Town as we believe this will be a brilliant showcase of the vital role that zero-emission hydrogen buses - all of which can be produced and manufactured in the UK - can play in improving air quality.
"Hydrogen buses are essential for longer routes and heavy usage, as they can do many more miles than an electric bus and take only five minutes to be refuelled.
"The Secretary of State's leadership and support can kick the hydrogen economy into full swing and will be a much needed shot in the arm for UK jobs and the UK economy. We stand ready to work with authorities looking to become the first ever hydrogen bus town."