New procurement framework provides public sector with access to hydrogen buses

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The Procurement Partnership Limited (TPPL) has launched a new minibus, bus and coach framework in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council, providing UK public bodies with a compliant route to 27 leading bus suppliers for the next four years.

The new framework builds on the previous iteration, which was scoped for the procurement of OEM minibuses, five-seat people mover conversions, 12-to-17-seat van and coach-built minibus conversions, coach and buses up to 75 seats including double-decked, articulated, and tri-axle.

The latest solution comes with the addition of a new hydrogen bus lot, aimed at providing public bodies with a zero-emission solution for passenger transport that will make a positive impact on air quality and noise reduction.

The framework provides buying customers with financial support when procuring fully-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles comprising eight passenger seats or more.

The new framework comprises the following five lots:

  • Lot 1: Vehicle chassis (9 suppliers)
  • Lot 2: Van conversions (15 suppliers)
  • Lot 3: Coach built (9 suppliers)
  • Lot 4: 36-75 seat buses and coaches (10 suppliers)
  • Lot 5: Hydrogen fuelled buses (4 suppliers)

The new provision of lot 5 supports the UK government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy by offering access to suppliers of hydrogen powertrain technology; air-quality improvements with the emission of water vapour; and noise reduction.

Phil Williams, director, TPPL, said: “We are delighted that the provision of lot 5 will enable public sector bodies to access next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell buses. The solution will enable cities to decarbonise public transport and immediately improve air quality.”

The framework can be accessed by way of direct award or further competition based on requirements and preferences.

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