New procurement Framework provides public sector with access to zero emission hydrogen buses

23 August 2021

The Procurement Partnership Limited (TPPL) have launched a new Minibus, Bus and Coach purchasing Framework Agreement in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council (BNES), providing UK public bodies with a compliant route to 27 leading bus suppliers for the next 4 years. The new Framework builds on the success of the previous iteration which was scoped for the procurement of OEM Minibuses, 5 seat people mover conversions, 12 – 17 seat van and coachbuilt 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. With the future of public transport expected to be dominated by zero emission buses, this is a timely solution 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 8 passenger seats or more.

The new Framework comprises 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 government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy by offering the following key benefits:

•             Financial support for buying customers upon delivery of a full hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

•             Access to key suppliers at the forefront of hydrogen powertrain technology

•             Air quality improvements with the emission of water vapour – meaning no carbon dioxide or other harmful gases are being pumped into the air

•             Noise reduction – fuel cell electric buses are quiet

Phil Williams, TPPL Director commented: 

‘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.