HOME supermarket deliveries are getting cleaner.
Online delivery firm Ocado is trialling a hydrogen-diesel dual fuel Mercedes Sprinter van.
Operating in the West Drayton area of West London, the Mercedes van will be delivering groceries to customers in the area. And using the Heathrow based hydrogen refuelling station.
The van has been converted from a standard Mercedes Sprinter by ULEMCo.
ULEMCo is a specialist in hydrogen commercial vehicle conversions, enabling fleet, commercial and niche vehicle owners to have access to zero emission hydrogen fuel.
This is the first Mercedes Sprinter conversion to be completed by ULEMCo. It is forecast to give a tailpipe CO2 saving for Ocado of around 40% against their standard vans, at the same time as meeting the latest air quality requirements.
“Ocado is committed to reducing vehicle emissions across its fleet”, said Graham Thomas, Fleet Services Manager at Ocado.
“Deployment of this first dual-fuel van represents an important step in developing our plans for cleaner, more efficient fleet operation. We’re particularly interested in ways to ensure we guarantee customer service and achieve the vehicle utilisation levels we currently experience with our conventional vans.
“Hydrogen dual-fuel looks like an option that can deliver both, and we’re excited to see how it performs in our world.”
Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo, added:
“We are naturally delighted to see another major UK organisation recognise the role that hydrogen fuel can make to achieving cleaner cities. The practicality of converting standard commercial vehicle types has been proven in a growing number of OEM models.”