Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has welcomed the completion of the Department of Transport's low-emission bus trials and the publication of the final phase two report on the trials, according to a statement published on Gov.ie.
According to the statement published on Gov.ie, the publication of the phase two report marks the conclusion of the department's low-emission bus trials, which have been running since 2018 and have tested an assortment of low-carbon fuels and alternative fuel bus technologies.
The trial results concluded that electric bus technologies are the most favourable investment option when it comes to energy efficiency and real-world emissions, according to the statement published on Gov.ie, which also noted that the final phase two report updates a phase one report that was published in February of 2020 to include findings from testing of two hydrogen fuel-cell buses between November of 2020 and August of 2021, and that the buses were tested on a modified Dublin Bus route, with the emissions and energy performance being analysed in real-world driving conditions.
Additionally, the statement published on Gov.ie noted that the department collaborated with the NTA, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, BOC, Byrne Ó Cléirigh, and Go-Ahead Ireland over the course of the trials, and that the phase two findings will be used to inform future procurement decisions for Ireland's urban bus fleets and help to support the development of a sustainable transport system across the country.
Statement By Minister Ryan
The statement published on Gov.ie included a statement from Minister Ryan that said, "I welcome the publication and conclusion of this important study. This analysis helps provide us with confidence that the purchasing decisions we are making to help transition the public transport fleets in our cities and towns to electric or hybrid models will deliver real impact in terms of emissions abatement. I would like to thank all the department's partners who were involved in these trials and look forward to seeing the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable public transport fleet continue to be rolled out over the coming months."
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