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Hydrogen powered van
Filling the first of the six hydrogen fuel-cell powered vans at Heathrow

WHEN it comes to green transport, it doesn’t get any more environmentally friendly than hydrogen power – the only emissions when you drive are water.

Hydrogen could have a vital part to play in the UK’s future energy mix

Now a fleet hydrogen-hybrid delivery vans is going into service with business services company Commercial Group, as part of the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) consortium project.

Commercial Group will operate six hydrogen vans in the capital over the next six months. The vehicles will be integrated into Commercial Group’s logistics  to test the viability of the fuel across a complex delivery network.

Operational factors, including performance, will be monitored and analysed to ascertain what the implications of a wide-scale adoption of hydrogen vans would be for UK van operators.

The hydrogen-hybrid vans are based on the older Ford Transit ‘Jumbo’. Commercial has worked with UK automotive engineering company Revolve Technologies for more than two years as they developed the vehicle, which is arguably the first of its kind.

From a driver and operator perspective, the experience of using the vans is similar to running a diesel Ford Transit. But from an engineering and environmental perspective, the use of hydrogen, which dramatically reduces the carbon footprint of deliveries, makes them a vey different prospect.

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